Q&A with QM2 designer: Your chance to quiz Stephen Payne

September 23, 2013 | By | 5 Comments

We are excited and honored that one of the world’s foremost naval engineers – Stephen Payne, OBE (Order of the British Empire)– will be joining us for a Q&A session on the Cruise Critic Forums.
Mr. Payne, amongst many other achievements, is the designer of the world’s only transatlantic liner, Cunard Line‘s Queen Mary 2.

The forum is already open for you to ask your questions, but you can also join us live on Wednesday September 25, when Mr Payne will be answering questions from 10 am (EDT).
Royal Designer of Industry Mr Payne was with Carnival Corporation for more than 26 years, culminating in the position of Vice President Chief Naval Architect. He had a wide ranging role with Carnival and was instrumental in the design and construction of more than forty passenger ships between January 1985 and December 2010.
His greatest achievement was the design and project management of QM2, which celebrates its 10th anniversary of service next year. He managed the project throughout, leading contract and specification negotiations with the shipyard in the pre-contract phase, monitoring construction and finally accepting delivery of the ship on behalf of Cunard upon its completion.
In recognition of the success of the project, he was awarded the title Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, and was awarded a Special Achievement Award by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
This is your chance to ask Mr Payne any questions you may have about QM2 – or anything else associated with naval design.
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    5 Responses to “Q&A with QM2 designer: Your chance to quiz Stephen Payne”

    1. Bob Rapp
      September 23rd, 2013 @ 10:11 am

      Intro says QM2 is “only transatlantic liner.” What about the two other Cuanard ships, the Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth? I’m sailing on the QV in January from Southampton to Fort Lauderdale. Please tell me we are crossing the Atlantic! :)

    2. Bob Rapp
      September 23rd, 2013 @ 10:16 am

      I am an engineer who designs commercial airlines for a living. Weight is one of the most important considerations in airplane design, followed by cost and drag. Is weight a consideration in the design of cruise liners? What does drive the design?

    3. Carolyn Spencer Brown
      September 23rd, 2013 @ 12:19 pm

      Bob, cruise ships can certainly cross the Atlantic! But not all ships are liners. Both QE and QV are cruise ships though with many QM2 features. But the ships are designed and built differently and so it is true that QM2 is the only contemporary “liner”.

    4. Bob Storey
      September 25th, 2013 @ 4:28 pm

      I understand that cruise ships have a relatively high center of gravity in order to reduce the periodicity of their roll and make them more comfortable for passengers. The trade off is the potential for greater roll in high seas. Is cruise ship design really safe with this approach?

    5. Ron Hepler
      September 25th, 2013 @ 8:54 pm

      I worked for Litton Ship Systems that built US Navy ships. They were partitioned from the main deck down, so that a hull rupture would only affect 20% of the buoyancy. If the Costa had been engineered that way, it would not have gone down. Can you address this?

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