Sigmund Borgundvåg

Abeille Bourbon at Brest

Sigmund Borgundvåg (born 16 February 1939 in Selje[1][2]) is a Norwegian naval architect of offshore vessels including platform supply ships and deep-sea tugs.


He worked as a naval architect for Ulstein Group (beginning in 1964)[3] and then after its acquisition for Rolls-Royce, where he was chief naval architect from 1970 to 2006.[4] In 1974 he designed one of the first Norwegian offshore supply ships. He is known for the concept of UT-Design, the basis of numerous off-shore vessels of varying sub-types.[5][6][7][8] He was responsible for the construction of more than 600 vessels, of which 500 used UT-Design,[4][5] including the Abeille Bourbon salvage tug.[9]

He lives in Ulsteinvik.


  1. "50 år", Aftenposten 16 February 1989 (Norwegian)
  2. "Jubilanter", Aftenposten 16 February 1999 (Norwegian)
  3. Anders J. Steensen "Norges fremste maritime klynge", Teknisk Ukeblad 7 June 2005 (Norwegian)
  4. 1 2 "UT-Design team gets new manager", Offshore Shipping Online 16 January 2006.
  5. 1 2 Arnfinn Mauren, "Har tegnet 500 skip", E24 n.d. (2005?) (Norwegian)
  6. "Farstad Shipping med kjempekrefter", Maritime &, n.d. (2010?) (Norwegian)
  8. "Next Generation Supply Vessels", Maritime Reporter & Engineering News Offshore Technology Annual 2005, pp. 46-47 (pdf)
  9. Didier Decoin, "Profession ange gardien", Le Figaro 15 October 2007 (French)

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