Special Achievement Award
Stephen Payne OBE RDI FREng
Stephen Payne OBE has been
awarded a Special Achievement Award from The Royal
Academy of Engineering in recognition of his
achievements in designing and project managing the
construction of the super liner Queen Mary 2. The
efforts of Stephen Payne – one of the world’s
leading passenger ship designers – have had a
profound impact upon engineering. The QM2 is the
world’s largest liner and Stephen introduced several
innovations to the structure and steering, including
doing away with the rudder.
Prior to his leading role on
Queen Mary 2 – the first true liner, rather than a
cruise ship, to be built since the Queen Elizabeth 2
in 1969 – Stephen Payne was involved with the design
and construction of over 30 cruise ships for
The height of a 21 storey
building and costing 800 million dollars, the QM2 is
the largest and most expensive liner ever built. The
logistics of project managing the building of this
economically viable giant fell to Stephen Payne and
he came up with many novel ideas including using two
forward non-azimuthing pods and two aft fully-azimuthing
pods that powered and steered the vessel without the
need for a rudder.
The ship exhibits all the
necessary characteristics for year-round high-speed
sustained operation on the North Atlantic run.
Attributes include enhanced strength, enhanced sea
keeping characteristics, enhanced speed potential
and enhanced range – all encompassed within the need
to generate sufficient income to warrant the
construction and operation of such a ship.
Academy President Lord Broers
presented the silver gilt medal to Stephen Payne,
said “As Chief Designer, and then the Director of
Project Management for the liner’s construction,
Stephen was responsible for the commercial success
of the ship, from conception to execution”.
Following on from receiving
his medal at the President’s New year Reception
2006, Stephen Payne has written an article on his
work constructing the QM2 for the Academy’s
quarterly magazine Ingenia.