FOR 30 YEARS
PARTNER SHIP DESIGN was founded in early 1991 by Kai Bunge and Siegfried Schindler. Based on sound experience in ship building and design, the company became known for creative designs, reliable performance, and on-time delivery within predetermined budgets. Its portfolio grew rapidly as the company was involved in the development of new cruise concepts, GAP arrangements and profile design, interior design and supervision up to delivery.
In autumn 2017, long-time employees Silke Förster, Stefan Seidenfaden and Timo Hogestraat joined the founders as Junior Partners and managing directors, preparing the company for the next generation and making it fit for future tasks.
PSD’s headquarters are located in the centre of the port city of Hamburg close to the scenic Alster river.
COMPREHENSIVE + BASED ON EXPERIENCE AND CREATIVITY
Through its long-term engagement PARTNER SHIP DESIGN has special knowledge in every aspect of cruise ship design. Cruise ships are very demanding for all professionals involved and require a smooth cooperation of owners, designers, engineers, shipyards, suppliers, and classification societies. Combining the wealth of experience of its partners and team members PARTNER SHIP DESIGN is well placed to be an integral part of any project and to offer a wide range of design and consultancy services for new buildings, refurbishments and conversions of cruise ships, river cruisers, yachts and ferries.
It is our ambition to develop sustainable concepts by balancing functions, optimizing traffic routes exploiting every square meter and capitalizing on available gross tonnage
Brand specific allocation of pax accommodation, optimized crew and technical areas in combination with exciting pax and effective crew routing are the secret of our successful GAPs.
We love to create distinctive ship silhouettes with characteristic design elements tailored for your individual brand - even it has to be based on a common platform.
We are passionate about interiors designed to the highest expectations, customized to the wishes of our clients, imprinting their corporate identity, forming spaces for enjoyment and relaxation.
A solid contract specification is the key to a successful project. We are well versed to supply architectural input to all sections and to develop the accommodation chapter.
We consider it an essential virtue to contribute to new-build cost-discussions and refurbishment budget estimations because creativity does not stop at financial issues.
Advanced 3D visualization technology is an excellent tool to make the process transparent and to bring our designs to life by 3D sketches, near photorealistic visuals and animations.
During the entire design process statistics are an important tool for monitoring and balancing the allocation of valuable space to the various function..
For the assessment of complex layouts and to achieve an optimized arrangement of areas we can execute traffic simulations supported by professional software.
From decorative signage to wayfinding and information, graphics are an integral part of any project. PSD can either create new visual identity or work with existing brand guidelines.
Once designs are delivered, we support our clients during the entire building process. Such services require the vast experience which we have been able to accumulate in the past.
For a neutral review of the state of a fleet or a single cruise ship we perform inspections and documentation based on a continuous process thus contributing to optimal decision making.
THE BALANCE OF
DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY.
The management board and the team share the same vision: to create customized architecture and interiors by designs that radiate quality lifestyle, passion for life and rich aesthetics.
As one of the world’s leading ship design companies, PARTNER SHIP DESIGN develops high-quality compositions with a sense of scale creating unique ships.
By choosing selected materials, colours, shapes, and structures, the designs of PARTNER SHIP DESIGN reflect the spirit of variation, joy, and a zest for life. These characteristic creations are the result of free artistic creativity thinking combined with technical know-how, experience, and a feeling for harmony and proportion.
VESSEL PLATFORM DEVELOPMENT
For 30 years PARTNER SHIP DESIGN develop in cooperation with the owner GAPs before contacting the shipyard.
Recently we designed a mega ship platform for four brands having the same logistic in the lower decks, while the public decks are individual tailor made by us for each brand.
The Costa Smeralda, AIDAnova, Mardi Gras (CCL) and Iona (P&O) are Helios class vessels and the first LNG powered cruise ships.
IMAGINATION + ACCURACY
More than any other type of project conversions and refurbishments require the ability to harmonize new design creations with existing interiors as well as technical and economical constrains. It therefore requires a profound knowhow in ship building and a strong imagination.
PARTNER SHIP DESIGN has been working on conversions and refurbishments since the early days and in addition to many dry dock projects we lately have been successfully involved in large scale conversions for example Carnival Sunrise (ex. Carnival Triumph) and AIDAmira (ex. Costa neoRiviera).
Starting with an on board inspection we create updated new designs harmoniously integrated into the existing structures. Elevating the look and feel while keeping an eye to expenses we contribute to an upscaled product with improved passenger satisfaction and economic performance.
CRUISE NEW BUILD
CREATIVITY MEETS SUSTAINABILITY
PARTNER SHIP DESIGN is able to support new building projects from scratch to delivery and can handle any kind of project from River Cruisers to Ocean Mega Cruisers. Developing layouts for accommodation and public areas, contributing to building specifications, interior and exterior design and support to the building process are key-elements of our services. Optimizing traffic flows and layouts, contributing to the perfect implementation on site is our passion and daily business.
PRECIOUS DESIGNS OF NATURAL LUXURY AND BEAUTY
It is the PARTNER SHIP DESIGN philosophy to harmonize all elements of design from exterior to interior down to the smallest detail, handpicked decoration, and artwork. Our approach is to deliver intriguing custom- designed masterpieces of timeless beauty with detailing based on highly skilled workmanship. Through carefully selected materials of excellent visual and haptic quality enhanced by perfectly balanced lighting together with a seamless integration of the latest technology we create luxurious homes at sea with an atmosphere beyond imagination.
HOTEL | RESORT
MARINE EFFICIENCY ASHORE
Like cruise ships, hotels and resorts combine accommodation with a variety of leisure functions. All our team members are educated in interior design and architecture, thus
PARTNER SHIP DESIGN is perfectly placed to combine the world of on-shore and seagoing design and construction. Bringing together the best of both worlds we develop sustainable concepts by balancing functions, optimizing traffic routes, utilizing every square meter, and capitalizing on available volume. In combination with stunning and highly creative customized designs our approach always results in economically optimized products.
INTEGRATED INFORMATIVE SOLUTIONS
From decorative signage to wayfinding and information signs, graphics are an integral part of any project. Starting with a detailed positioning plan we form the basis for easy orientation and economic signage.
Creative, sometimes playful, unexpected, yet always comprehensively legible creations of a high design standard are our most important objectives. Based on the client´s briefing PARTNER SHIP DESIGN creates either new visual identities or develops designs based on existing brand guidelines.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC | LINDBLAD EXPEDITIONS
A state-of-the-art polar expedition cruise ship designed and developed from scratch by PARTNER SHIP DESIGN together with the team of Lindblad Expeditions and Ulstein Vaerft. The unique arrangement of areas is custom designed for the special needs of expedition cruises. The spectacular environment the ship will sail- is naturally connected with the inside areas. All interiors were exclusively designed by PARTNER SHIP DESIGN and reflect Lindblad Expedition´s brand vision of Nordic luxury and simple beauty by using natural materials with a fresh contemporary edge.
AIDA COSMA | AIDA CRUISES
The AIDAcosma will meet the AIDA fleet late 2021 and will be a sister to AIDAnova the first Helios-Class ship. PARTNER SHIP DESIGN was appointed to develop the Helios-Class platform for Costa Group. PARTNER SHIP DESIGN was the responsible design firm for all crew and passenger areas as well as open deck spaces and the profile design of this mega ship.
In addition AIDAcosma is the 14th newbuild of AIDA Cruises for which PARTNER SHIP DESIGN developed signature interiors of modern, fresh, and timeless beauty.
COSTA CROCIERE | COSTA SMERALDA
The Costa Smeralda is the second Helios-Class ship and the first one built at Meyer Turku. PARTNER SHIP DESIGN developed a unique arrangement of passenger areas for Costa Crociere and likewise the ships silhouette was changed to perfectly fit the Costa fleet.
The name of and inspiration for the interiors were taken from the culture, the architecture and the lifestyle of Italy. PARTNER SHIP DESIGN was chosen to design a variety of indoor spaces and all open decks areas across the ship.
The efforts for the design of the Costa Smeralda were crowned by being named “Ship of the Year 2020” by “Cruise& Ferry”.
SEA CLOUD | SPIRIT
PARTNER SHIP DESIGN has been working with SEA CLOUD CRUISES since 1991. It started with designs and supervision of the outfitting for the renovation of the legendary "Sea Cloud". Later we have been appointed to develop the GAP, and the classic yet elegant interior design for the new building "Sea Cloud II".
To be commissioned again with the development and construction of another three-masted full-ship, the “Sea Cloud Spirit”, is something very special and a challenge in the 21st century that we have gladly accepted.
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PARTNER SHIP DESIGN offers room for creativity as well as a commitment to newcomers and experienced staff.
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