Finding the optimum balance between design and performance is a process that never ends. Notice any unusual design about Oslo Express below?



Here’s midships. Anything strange there?



View from the stern shows a single stack off center.



The bridge is way forward; the overall profile resembles a LASH vessel, a Great Lakes ore carrier, or a pickup truck of a certain era.



With the bridge way forward, can you imagine pitching through heavy sea? Can you feel the motion way atop the bow? How often might the bridge windows get buried or splashed?



Some Moran tugs moved in to assist in departure Howland Hook a few days ago, but before they moved her out, darkness prevented clear fotos.

Oslo Express has carried five previous names in 20 years afloat.

Here is an interesting discussions about evolving c-ship design.

Photos, WVD.