C-Job is expanding its scope of expertise to include Interior Engineering. This development is a response to an emerging trend seen in the maritime industry: that the look and feel of the inside of a vessel is not only important for the luxury yacht and ferry markets. Operators in the dredging and offshore industries, for instance, are also paying more and more attention to the interiors of their vessels, and not just on operational capabilities and performance.

 

Knowing the rules of interior design

The man responsible for setting up this new discipline at C-Job’s head office is Joris Wassenaar. With a passion for mega yachts, Joris has a curriculum vitae with an impressive reference list of well-known yacht design projects. He says that an important point to make at the outset is that there is a big difference between interior design and interior engineering: “The interior design is purely about what the inside of a vessel looks like and what atmosphere it has. This involves different materials, fabrics and colours, for example. An interior engineer, on the other hand, has to check if these designs are achievable in order to comply with all the various regulations. This involves air handling, fire safety, water compartments, insulation and emergency exits while still maintaining the required levels of comfort. We also have to check if the plans are technically possible with the desired materials, and as such we are also involved in the production process.”

 

More than yachts

Reflecting C-Job’s own wide-ranging scope of maritime sectors served, the new Interior Engineering department will also have a broad client focus. “Our work will not just be for the luxury yacht and ferry industries,” Joris notes. “Comfortable and attractive interiors are also relevant for more robust workboats like dredgers, offshore wind walk-to-work vessels and heavy lift or installation vessels.” This trend can be explained by considering that it has become more difficult for maritime operators to find good personnel compared to ten years ago. “Nowadays, personnel are more critical and employers have to compete to attract the best people.”

 

Looking at some of the newest vessel deliveries in the maritime market, it is clear that many modern working vessels have the look and feel of a top hotel: “Cabins are equipped with personal entertainment systems and Wi-Fi, and recreational areas include saunas and gyms. And, because the health of on-board personnel is a big priority for ship owners and operators, air quality and air handling is also very important. All these factors contribute to making crews feel more comfortable during their downtime  – and are therefore also key to attracting and retaining personnel. In this respect, it is not only the health and safety of crews that benefit from increased comfort. We also know that the performance of maritime personnel increases when their living and working spaces form a more comfortable and dynamic environment.”

 

More efficient ship design process

By offering both interior and exterior engineering, C-Job is making the entire ship design process more efficient. “In terms of the ship design disciplines that it provides, C-Job is now complete – every discipline can be handled in house. Therefore, any specific needs of the interior can be included in the design process from the very beginning of the project, rather than at a later stage. Furthermore, because C-Job works in small teams for each discipline, there are very short lines of communication. Decisions can be made quickly and each team knows how the other teams are progressing. This is a very efficient way of working.”

 

The new Interior Engineering department will be working with a number of software programs, including the renowned Siemens NX. “This software will allow us to integrate design and engineering aspects in 3D,” Joris adds. “In the initial design phases we will divide the available space into clearly defined areas. This, in turn, will inform the architect exactly how much space they have to work with regard to internal design. This can prevent what happens all too often – that the interior is taken into account too late in the design process or even when the hull has already been built. By working closely together from the beginning, we can work more efficiently to optimise the space required for the mechanical and structural elements without losing sight of the interior.”

 

Joined by Siemens NX specialist Joris Elion, a team of C-Job engineers, with either previous experience or high levels of interest, has already been selected for the necessary training on the subject of Interior Engineering. “It is an enthusiastic team – we are looking forward to getting started.”