The humble stalk of reed. Known and used for thousands of years. One day, its structure became an inspiration to. Today, this inspiration has become an impact-resistant design that can save lives and money, and contribute to environmental protection.
Developed by JWL Ludolphy, then working for Royal Schelde Naval Shipbuilding, a member of the DAMEN Schelde Naval Shipbuilding Group (DSNS), the Y-shape Hull design has been tested extensively since the 90's. The interest in the design was originally in developing a construction resistant to extreme loads, such as explosions. DAMEN was studying the performance of steel constructions and how alternative constructions could absorb more energy before rupturing.
When DAMEN became convinced that the structure was able to sustain a high impact, they initiated the development of the Y-shape Hull and eventually executed a series of crash tests.
The subsequent development and testing was done in collaboration with TNO, Chemgas and Rensen-Drissen Shipbuilding. After the extraordinary performance of the Y-shape hull during the crash test, DAMEN decided to patent the design.
Although the original application of the Y-shape hull was originally intended for the inland tanker industry, Chemgas was the first company willing to invest in the development and adoption of the Y-shape Hull design on a push gas barge.
In collaboration with Rensen-Driessen Shipbuilding the Y-shape Hull gets improved and produced.
The first type C tanker using the Y-shape hull design was the MTS APPOLO, developed by Rensen-Driessen and owned by G.C.M. Deen Shipping.
The Argonon, the first LNG inland vessel in the world, uses the Y-shape hull design to set sail safely.
The Y-shape Hull obtained Class Approval for large LNG bunker tankers with Y shape Hull.