Sunday, February 13, 2011

Who built Oasis of the Seas cruise ship?

Oasis of the Seas was built by STX Europe shipyard that is located in Turku, Finland. In shipbuilding technology this cruise ship was built using block method. This method allows large sections of hull to be assembled in several different workshops simultaneously before they are brought and welded together in the building berth. According to the official website of Stx Europe, approximately 3,000 drawings were produced for the basic design of the cruise ship and around 30,000 detailed drawings are needed to make the hull and superstructure components of the ship. See Oasis of the Seas Inside Tour Video
To complete the construction of the ship, STX Europe as the main shipyard that conducted the construction of the Oasis of the Seas cruise ship needed a lot of suppliers to get their jobs done. They could not design and manufacture all the components of the ship alone. This kind of practice has been done by most shipyards around the world. Therefore shipyards need to cooperate with suppliers and other shipyards to build ships or boats.
For the construction of the Oasis of the Seas alone, STX Europe needed 600 supplier companies. When the ship was completed it became the largest export product from Finland worth 2 billion Euro. The added value that the shipbuilding company and its suppliers created to produce a single product of this cruise ship is enormously high and very important for the economy of the country.
The rooms of the Oasis of the Seas in the superstructure are arranged on the port and starboard sides of the vessel leaving an empty or open spaces in the middle of the ship above the main deck. With these wide hollow spaces, sunlight can reach both sides of the rooms thus giving full natural lighting during the days. How the naval architects design the superstructure of this cruise ship is really smart.
I believe that in the future more cruise ships will be built with similar feature, i.e. with hollow space in the superstructure near the centerline of the ship to allow sunlight to penetrate to all the rooms in the superstructure and perhaps through the crystal skylight into the rooms below the main deck of the ships. With wide boardwalk available in the ship, passengers will feel that sailing in the middle of the Caribbean sea is as comfortable and similar to walking around the central park of their city or neighborhood. by Charles Roring

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