For millennia, humankind has sailed the oceans by ingeniously using the forces of nature to propel its vessels. Then, the development of fossil fuels has paved the way for new possibilities, until growing environmental and health concerns as well as other implications of their use emerged. Now, the evolution of shipping is calling for new solutions which also satisfy contemporary commercial requirements.
In addition, current issues of shipping are not limited to the way ships are propelled only but they also include other aspects, for instance the way how end-of-life ships are often disposed of or known occupational hazards.
Making a difference is a teamwork of many players. I want to take part in this endeavour by applying my knowledge and skills to contribute with the design of innovative and clean powered vessels. I'm looking forward to meet many like-minded people along the way.
State Certified Shipbuilding Technician
With its offspring in my childhood, ships are the passion of my life, even though I grew up in a land-locked country. My path to the maritime industry has not been a traditional one. For a long time, I had little or no access to means for cultivating my passion but then, the advent of the internet changed that extraordinarily.
After a non-maritime vocational training and initial working experience, I got my first job onboard a passenger ship. Others followed and in total I spent almost a year at sea. This invaluable experience helps me understand practical aspects of shipboard life and the impact design has thereon. During that time I also enrolled for my first formal maritime training as Shipbuilding Technician in Italy, which I completed in 2010.
The same year I began studying Naval Architecture at the TUHH in Germany. To finance my studies I started to freelance and also got a job as student worker at a classification society. However, despite my ambition to become a naval architect, unfortunately I had to quit my studies. Nevertheless, I continued to freelance and build my business ever since and haven't given up yet the idea of resuming my studies someday.
Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Associate Member
Alghero – Capo Caccia Lighthouse, No. 3
Photograph by Gianni Careddu
What Guides me
- Quality above everything
- A drawing with the proper line weights and types applied, is nicely legible, thus reduces the risk of being misread or the need for back checking. One of countless examples, where quality pays off in the long run. Work without quality, to me is like words with no meaning. I also firmly believe that quality is the first step to sustainablity.
- Limiting damage
- One of my highest goals is to produce designs that damage the environment and health as little as possible. Environmental organizations do a great job at pointing where improvement is needed.
- Safety first
- I'm very committed to safety. This includes studying maritime accidents and exceeding regulatory requirements wherever deemed appropriate.
- Lifelong learning
- I like to constantly learn about ships and expand my horizon with interests that go beyond ship-related topics.
- Homes away from home
- As a former seafarer, I understand very well that a ship is a home to those who work and live on it. In my designs, I do my best to make sure they feel accordingly.
- Love for details
- You want me to help you selecting the tone of the signal horn or the typeface of the hull markings? I'd love to!
- An imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect.
- [based on Greek ού ‘not’ + τόπος ‘place’]
- Source: Oxford English Dictionary
- Latin adjective
- of or belonging to ships, ship-, naval
- [from navis ‘ship’]
- Source: Lewis & Short's Latin Dictionary
The word utopia was originally coined by Sir Thomas More as the name of the imaginary island he describes in his equally entitled 1516 book. Five hundred years later, its meaning is still a subject of discussion. Strictly speaking, utopia means the ‘not place’, a place that doesn't exist. What probably contributed to cause confusion, was the fact that later, More himself also playfully called the island Eutopia, in an addendum to his book. The latter however, derived from Greek εύ ‘good’ + τόπος ‘place’, means ‘good place’ instead — but in English it is pronounced the same as utopia. It is perhaps this ambiguity, which during the course of history eventually led to the common understanding of the word as a both imaginary and ideal place.
One now may ask, what is ideal? With the answer to this question being subjective, whatever utopia navalis® proposes is merely a different line of action and not a proclamation of the ideal. At its core, utopia navalis is an inspiration. It translates the emotions evoked by an utopian imagination into the desire to change and to strive towards its realization. It isn't concerned whether the ideal does or can exist. The will to change, the striving for something worthwhile, that is what really matters. It is questioning the status quo, an exercise at discovering beyond the current. It is a tendency.
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