Inventions, innovations and remarkable achievements

Inventions, innovations and remarkable achievements

Selected milestones from the past nearly 80 years

KNUD E. HANSEN has been providing naval architecture, engineering and design services to the worldwide maritime industry since 1937. In that period we have had:

  • More than 700 vessels built to our designs

  • More than 450 hull lines developed and model tested

  • More than 300 conversions carried out to our designs and specifications

  • Thousands of surveys, feasibility and R&D studies and other services undertake


ATLANTIC STAR - the world's largest ConRo vessel has been appointed a Significant Ship of 2015 by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects


Winner of the ShipPax Award 2015. This document is to certify that the ConRo vessel ATLANTIC STAR has been awarded for her revolutionary design, which brings huge benefits in terms of capacity, economy and an environmental footprint. This reward is presented to Naval Architects, KNUD E. HANSEN A/S.


Winner of the ShipPax Award 2014. The award was presented in recognition of the efficient and innovative design of internal cargo arrangement of the Saudi-owned deep-sea RoRo vessel, Bahri Abha.


Our 75th anniversary and the publication of the history of the company; "75 years of ship design" by Dr. Bruce Peter.


Winning the contract for the Concept and Contract Design as well as further assistance including plan approval for Bahri Abha; a 26.000 dwt RoCon vessel for Bahri. Six vessels have subsequently been ordered from Hyundai Mipo Shipyard in South Korea


300 m RoCon vessel designed for Atlantic Container Line. Five vessels were ordered from Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in China. These are the biggest of this type to be built to date.


New offices opened in Perth, Australia, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA, and the Faroe Islands.


Design of the world’s largest TIV vessels for wind turbine installation in deep water for Swire Blue Ocean A/S. The two vessels are the biggest of this type afloat and are able to work in waters up to 60 m deep.


Our main office in Copenhagen moves to new premises at Lundegaarden in Helsingør.


Developement of a new type of vessel for the recovery of oil spills - the SWORC – Shallow Water Oil Recovery Craft.


New offices opened in Odense, Denmark, and Piraeus, Greece.


The book: "Ship Design Through Seven Decades" written by Dr. Bruce Peter is finalised. The book focuses mainly on our characteristic ferry designs through the nineteen sixties and early seventies.


KNUD E. HANSEN A/S wins a ShipPax for Outstanding Ferry Exterior of 2005: M/V Smyril.


A new office opened in London, UK.


Developement of a design for a 12,700 TEU container-vessel. This project was designated a Development Project by Bureau Veritas, to be used as a rules benchmarks by future designs.



KNUD E. HANSEN A/S wins the ShipPax Award for Outstanding Ferry Concept of 2001: Moby Wonder 

Development of the ‘Resolution’, the first purpose-built, self-elevating TIV vessel (Turbine Installation Vessel), for Mayflower Energy Ltd of the UK. Many more ships of this type have been built since, and construction continues around the world as demand for offshore wind farms grows.


Main office moves to Islands Brygge 41 at Copenhagen Harbour.


Development of ‘windships’. This project was carried out in cooperation with the Department of Energy in Denmark. Many ship owners have since shown interest in the concept, but it has yet to be realised. Read more here.


Development of a design for the world’s largest train ferry, the M/V Skåne. The vessel has a 105 m, double tracked train lift to accommodate rail carriages on two decks. Read more here.


Development of the Suction Bulbous Bow. This development of a new type of bulbous bow was carried out in cooperation with the Vienna Model Basin testing facility. This type of bulbous bow has since been used on most cruise liners, RoRo and RoPax vessels built around the world.


Phoenix World City was a design for a huge, futuristic cruise ship. This concept was at the beginning based on taking a redundant 300,000 dwt tanker (many vessels of this type was laid up in the Norwegian fjords at this time) and building accommodation on the upper deck. Later this idea was changed to an enormous, purpose-built cruise ship capable of carrying 5,200 passengers. The project was developed during the 1980s and came very close to being ordered at a US shipyard. Unfortunately the Phoenix World City project was 25 years ahead of its time, and today’s new cruise ships have now reached this size. Read more here.


Conversion of the SS France to the SS Norway. The huge project to convert the old Atlantic liner SS France to a modern cruise ship was planned, designed and supervised by a team of engineers, naval architects and interior designers from KNUD E. HANSEN A/S. The rejuvenated vessel was in service as a cruise ship from 1980 to 2008. Read more here.


A number of innovations were introduced for major conversions of RoRo and RoPax vessels including using additional car-trailer decks with sponsons. Horseshoe Sponsons and Duck Tails were developed for improved stability and speed.


The split stern/twin skeg design was developed for RoRo and RoPax vessels. This hull form was devised using scale-model test tanks in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Gothenburg, Sweden.


The ConRo Stabilising System was developed and over the following five years installed on about 25 ferries and cruise ships.


An office was opened in Bredgade 75 in Copenhagen, Denmark, and remained our headquaters until 1998.


The Company is founded by Mr. Knud E. Hansen, Naval Architect, as one of the first engineering companies in the world to specialise in ship design.