Commercial ships

  • Expedition Cruise vessels
  • Passenger ships and ferries
  • Offshore vessels
  • Workboats
  • Coasters < 200m
  • Ro-Ro ships
  • Research vessels
  • Fast supply vessels
  • Container vessels


Cost savings

Due to 5 – 25% less fuel consumption your cost for fuel will also become less.

Longer range

The range is larger due to the lower fuel consumption. Or the same range can be covered at a higher transit speed. An important naval capability!

Lower CO2 emissions

Lower fuel consumption reduces CO2, NOx and SOx emissions. For full electric ships, the same top speed and range can be achieved with fewer batteries.

More speed

A reduced resistance with the same power means you get more speed out of your ship. The improved sailing characteristics are immediately noticeable to those at the helm.

The Hull Vane® dampens the ship’s motions in waves. This means safer helicopter and drone landings, safer daughter craft launch and recovery, improved performance of radars and weapon systems, and less tiring conditions for the crew.
Energy-saving retrofits

Hull Vane<sup>®</sup> provides an excellent way to offer repair shipyards’ clients more out of a docking period: a performance upgrade

Competitive design

The efficiency of proposed ship designs, measured over a realistic operating profile, is one of the main reasons to choose a shipyard. Hull Vane<sup>®</sup> gives an edge

Reduce build costs

When less installed power is needed to achieve the required top speed, cost savings are made on engine power, exhausts systems, cooling systems, etc.

Readiness for future transition

Reducing the resistance of a ship today, makes it easier to do the energy transition tomorrow. The ship design becomes more future-proof.

Added value design

Clients appreciate an optimised design with lower life cycle costs. Several public tenders have been won by integrating the Hull Vane® benefits in the design from the start.

Space savings

For a given top speed and range, the naval architect can use smaller main engines, exhaust systems, engine room ventilation and smaller fuel tanks. This result in more useful space on board, and less build cost.

Improving excellence

Hull Vane® makes a good design even better

Custom Designed, Custom Built

Just like a bulbous bow, each Hull Vane® is different and custom designed for a specific ship. An optimisation of the Hull Vane® using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is the starting point. Such a Hull Vane® study indicates how much the ship’s resistance is reduced with the addition of a Hull Vane® – either for a single speed or for a wider operational profile.

Based on the results of this study, a cost-benefit analysis can be made and a go or no-go can be given for the further development of a Hull Vane® for this ship. In the following phase, we conduct a Finite Element Analysis and vibration analysis to ensure sufficient strength of the Hull Vane® for a lifetime of trouble-free operations. Hull Vane BV builds the Hull Vane® with certified welders and a high degree of finish and accuracy.