Mega-ships open door to new market for ship designer

Carriers' demands for mega vessels has opened a new market for Danish ship design firm Knud E. Hansen. The company announces its best results in years and looks set to hire more employees in 2016.

Isbryder til de australske myndigheder, tegnet af Knud E. Hansen. Forventet levering i 2019. | Photo: Illustration: Knud E. Hansen

Ice-breaker 'Antarctica', which has been ordered by the Australian authorities, adorns a poster in the meeting room of ship design firm Knud E. Hansen, whose offices are located north of Copenhagen. The ice-breaker, which will be delivered in 2019, is important to Knud E. Hansen because, as a specialized vessel, it demanded a lot of work and thus represents a good business case.

However, if one asks Finn Wollesen, CEO of Knud E. Hansen, which shipping segment carries the biggest potential over the next year, he points to mass production of vessels rather specialized vessels.

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