Block Assembly

The prefabricated blocks that will form the vessel are lifted into place by a crane and assembled on the slipway according to a welding sequence. After each block is lowered into position, joints are welded together. Quality control inspections are critical at this...

Steel Cutting

Steel plates are the starting blocks of the new ship. Cut into carefully dimensioned sections, they will form the new vessel’s hull and deck. The steel plates are lowered into a plasma cutting basin and then submerged in water to control overheating and excess dust....

Steel Block Production

The ship’s structure begins to take shape as steel panels are welded together to form blocks. Constructed in the shipyard’s hull workshops, each block – 223 construction blocks in all – are assembled into 42 larger units that will be erected on the slipway prior to...

Model Tank Testing

During tank testing, which takes place in the early stages in the design and engineering phase, a scaled model of the vessel undergoes resistance and propulsion tests to determine fuel consumption and maneuvering behavior.