In 2020 Gelen Marine was chosen by Storylines to be their supervision team for their upcoming residential cruise ship newbuilding. The project was in its infancy and initially they appointed Gelen Marine Managing Director Dr Paul Read to take on the role of Construction Project Manager for the company.
Storylines is a start-up residential cruise line looking to corner the market on residential living at sea and open up the market to a wider audience than previously had been attempted. They focus heavily on onboard community building with a desire to encourage self-curation of a combined living and travel experience. They are particularly conscious of the impact their community may have on the world in their travels and so importance is placed heavily on sustainability and philanthropy. And all of this played a crucial role in the way the design was to be approached.
Gelen Marine´s role was to develop the design concept with Storylines for their first ship to be named MV Narrative. This entailed development of a statement of requirements and technical documentation to allow shipyards to be assessed for their capabilities in building the ship. After Brodosplit Shipyard in Croatia was chosen as the builder the Gelen Marine team helped develop the technical contractual documentation for the shipbuilding contract, including the technical specification, the general arrangement plan, etc. However, in his role with storylines he has provided much more, helping Storylines structure itself as it grows, helping with marketing events and developing marketing materials and assisting in keeping residents informed of technical developments.