Design perspective: Collaboration in ship creation

Experienced staff and subcontractors help Remontowa Shipbuilding design passenger vessels
Design perspective: Collaboration in ship creation
Remontowa Shipbuilding constructed Caledonian MacBrayne’s ferry Finlaggan which features two luxurious passenger lounges

By Dariusz Jaguszewski |

Cooperation and collaboration are key elements in a successful ship design project, something that we have learned from 75 years of experience in the shipbuilding industry at Remontowa Shipbuilding. We generally construct new vessels according to the designs of Remontowa Marine Design & Consulting office, belonging to our capital group – Remontowa Holding – but we also collaborate with other organisations to meet all off-design requirements.

During the entire construction and outfitting process, we work with around 700 people on each unit. Of these, 75 per cent are our own subcontractors both from the Remontowa Holding group and outside, who are responsible for the hull works, piping, electrical, insulation, interior and painting works. However, we often employ the services of international suppliers like Rolls-Royce, Caterpillar and Wärtsilä. Some projects also provide the flexibility to create unique systems, by combining solutions from a variety of suppliers.

Before working with a new subcontractor, we conduct audits to find out as much about the company as possible. For example, we confirm its credibility, guarantee that its employees have the necessary training and working conditions, and ensure that it respects the relevant safety requirements.

With a portfolio of over 1,020 vessels, we have seen from experience that the building process for each project differs. For example, the number of people and subcontractors involved in the construction of ships depends on many factors, including their size, their propulsion systems and the routes that they sail. But while many things change from ship to ship, two things remain constant in building modern and tailor-made vessels: the need for qualified and experienced staff, and reliable subcontractors.

The ships that we build need to provide optimal seakeeping and passenger comfort, and they must have propulsion systems that are well-suited to their operating environment. To meet these expectations, our staff must have deep industry knowledge and determination to overcome the everyday problems of a shipyard. Thanks to such employees we can provide high quality, competitive pricing and timely delivery.

Dariusz Jaguszewski is a member of the board of directors at Remontowa Shipbuilding

This article was first published in the 2020 issue of Cruise & Ferry Interiors. All information was correct at the time of printing, but may since have changed.

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