SD1 Projects: M/V Steve Irwin

Designers: Jonathan Allen, Eric Heilshorn, Spencer Margosian, Kasey Kennedy

Vessel Type: Expedition Cruise Ship

Vessel Mission:
The Steve Irwin is a vessel capable of bringing you to the edges of civilization to experience adventures the untouched world has to offer. From snorkeling in the Galapagos to polar plunges in the Arctic, guests simultaneously experience luxury and explore the unknown while accompanied by revered experts in the fields of photography and exploration.

Characteristics and Features:

Passenger (double berths) [150 total]
• 9 Premium Cabins
• 10 Plus Cabins
• 52 Standard Cabins

Crew Accommodations [110 total]
• 24 Single Berths (including Chief Engineer and Master cabins)
• 18 additional single berths capable of conversion to passenger cabins
• 34 Double Berths

Length (Overall): 120 m
Beam (Overall): 20 m
Draft: 5 m
• Lightship: 6,200 MT
• Arrival: 8,884 MT
• Departure: 10,714 MT
Design Speed: 15 kts
Cruising Speed: 13 kts•Length (Overall): 120 m

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Visit our Junior Class Small Vessel Design Project page to view all of this year’s projects.

About Junior Class Small Vessel Design Project (SD1):

As a part of Professor Bradley D.M. Golden’s ’99 Ship Design 1 (SD1) class, the juniors spent the first two-and-a-half months of the spring semester preparing their first complete concept designs.

Using the knowledge they’ve gained in their nearly three years studying at Webb and the experiences from their winter work periods to date, this was the students’ first opportunity to apply the naval architecture and marine engineering principles they’ve studied including stability, ship’s structures, main machinery systems, auxiliary systems, resistance and propulsion, and electrical engineering.

Working in small groups of three and four, the students selected one of the vessel types and took their first couple of spins around the design spiral to prepare vessel concept designs. To help make the project as realistic as possible, members of industry familiar with each of the vessel types helped prepare the statements of design requirements that each of the designs had to meet. To challenge the students even further, one or two “curveballs” were thrown into each design statement to make the students think long and hard about how they would achieve their objectives.

At the end of the spring semester, the students presented their final designs to their fellow students, faculty, and members of industry who served as part of an evaluation team. After three years at Webb, the Junior class can now say with confidence that they’re familiar with the design process and are well on their way to joining the fields of naval architecture and marine engineering.