The tanker Velma, delivered in 1977 to Halfdan Ditlev-Simonsen, of Oslo, is the last but one of Kockums' series of 356,000-dwt tankers; the lead ship, Sea Saint, was described in an earlier article. A special feature of the Velma is her "cockpit" wheelhouse, which is arranged to allow one-man operation on deep-sea passages; she is the largest ship to be provided with this capability. This bridge design, with its advanced equipment, is based on the work of Norway's SDS sub-project 08 in which the Ship Research Institute of Norway, Det norske Veritas, and others participated. The funds available had to be taken into account for the Velma's bridge, but a very satisfactory compromise has been achieved with the specification suggested by the SDS Committee. The article discusses the principles laid down by the Committee for the design of a "functional" bridge, and briefly describes, and with the aid of a lay-out plan, the Velma's wheelhouse and its equipment and the navigation procedures used. One man can handle the ship in the open sea, two are needed in heavy traffic, and three in very narrow fairways.

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    Whitehall Technical Press Limited

    29 Palace Street, Westminster
    London SW1,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1978-3

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  • Accession Number: 00180037
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1978 12:00AM