The purpose of Outline Project is to develop the available vessel concept to the level that inquiry material can be sent to yards for tendering purposes. The main focus in the design process is to create reliable design material, which describes the design to a sufficiently detailed level for the shipyard’s pricing purposes. An interactive 3D model is also developed for the customer’s own use.
With a prototype vessel it is essential that the project is well defined before approaching yards; all yards will then have the same basis, comparable proposals are received and the customer gets the best possible design. Not all yards have the capacity or the experience to produce the necessary design themselves. In China an Owner’s Outline Project is required to receive a proper proposal.
At this phase the preliminary selected Classification Society, working also as a representative of National Authority, should be called in. This is especially the case when there are new rules, such as probabilistic damage stability to be applied. Major suppliers should also be approached to receive both commercial and technical proposals.
At the end of the Outline Project it is possible to ask for tenders from yards.
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