World-class ship design and engineering

We have extensive experience in the design of steel, aluminium and advanced composite vessels and a proven design pedigree for structures that are lightweight, robust, easy to construct and maintain, and fatigue-resistant, thanks to our close attention to detail.

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Key contact

Lee Hedd

Business Development Manager

Lee Hedd

Business Development Manager

Ottawa, Canada

+1 613 592 2830 ship-design@bmtglobal.com

America

Bill Forslund

Business Development Manager

Bill Forslund

Business Development Manager

Arlington, United States

+1 703 920 7070 ship-design@bmtglobal.com

Americas

Phil Dana

Regional Business Development Director - Americas

Phil Dana

Regional Business Development Director - Americas

Ottawa, Canada

+1 613 592 2830 (235) ship-design@bmtglobal.com

Whatever the challenge, we bring a wealth of experience to every naval architecture project along with the expertise to deliver marine designs that are practical, efficient, and effective. Our passion for innovation runs through our entire portfolio of in-service designs, encompassing all hull types, speed regimes, propulsion systems and construction materials.

We ensure that windows, anchors, ships, or boats integrate seamlessly with structural and mechanical engineering.

We offer a wide range of outfit engineering services from initial concept to class and production. Our concept work includes practical studies, sketches, and design proposals to demonstrate that the design meets requirements. We develop all outfit drawings and documentation required by Class and Flag for approval at the Class level.

With over thirty years of experience developing structural plans for specialised commercial vessels, we deliver practical solutions and specialise in the design of steel, aluminium, and composite structures.

By encompassing the full range of engineering disciplines under one roof, we’ve successfully delivered Class-approved designs for vessels from 9m to 220m. Our customised vessel designs help you meet specifications for speed, performance, range, seakeeping, and efficiency, while our concepts and preliminary strategies meet all functional requirements.

Our long history of delivering whole-vessel engineering from concept to detailed production design allows us to add significant value in the early stages of development and ensure that the final design is practical and feasible without compromising the original intent.

We offer a comprehensive suite of product engineering services that use state-of-the-art production software and qualified experienced operators to provide a complete service for various vessels.

We collaborate closely with shipyards to ensure that the engineering details used are within the accepted practice of the yard and the capability of their equipment and make optimum use of the yard’s production facilities.

In addition, our experience in pre-contract design, classification-level design, and build support can offer single-source engineering. We take responsibility for developing all naval architecture, structural, mechanical and outfit aspects of design, from concept to reality.

Services

Naval architecture

Whatever the challenge, we bring a wealth of experience to every naval architecture project along with the resources to create marine designs that are practical, efficient, and effective. Our expertise is evident in our broad portfolio of in-service designs covering all hull types, speed regimes, propulsion systems and construction materials.

This extensive experience helps us deliver exceptional naval architecture at any stage of a project, from early concept and feasibility studies, contract, and class-level design to detailed production engineering, commissioning, and refit. Working across all stages of design, production, commissioning, and refit, we can advise on the correct level of scope and project structure necessary to deliver maximum added value and minimise technical risk and engineering cost.

Our Naval Architects have an established reputation as leaders in the field of hull form development. They combine our breadth and depth of experience in the yacht, commercial and naval markets to deliver designs optimised for good sea-keeping ability, low resistance, high propulsive efficiency, and exceptional range. Our proven design portfolio extends far beyond conventional monohulls and includes specialist hull forms such as catamarans, SWATHs, hydrofoils, and air-cushioned vessels.

Mechanical engineering

Our expertise covers every aspect of electrical and mechanical development, design, operation, safety and maintenance for systems onboard marine vessels and facilities.

We can help you select and configure the optimum propulsion system to achieve any range of system performance criteria, be it efficiency, flexibility, noise and vibration or any combination of these requirements. Having worked with the industry’s leading and most innovative suppliers, we develop our designs with inputs from multiple stakeholders to deliver the most effective, highest -value and lowest-risk designs possible.

As well as developing central propulsion systems and associated machinery space arrangements, we can plan and layout all auxiliary machinery spaces, from providing support and guidance to shipyards in early-stage space planning to the preparation of final spatial arrangements for production.

We can develop the full suite of auxiliary system schematics using the accepted philosophy of standard system arrangement. Equally, we can challenge the status quo with new arrangements tailored for energy conservation, zero discharge, integration of new technology or improved operational effectiveness, ease of maintenance and redundancy.

Our team’s experience extends beyond desk-based design and engineering to build support during installation, commissioning assistance and in-service consultancy.

Structural engineering

We specialise in the design of steel, aluminium, and composite structures. With over 30 years of experience developing structural plans for specialised commercial vessels, our team uses its extensive knowledge to deliver practical solutions.

Our structural design experience ranges from small composite production designs to large steel and aluminium vessels dominated by complex global loads. This experience, coupled with our proud heritage in the creation of high-speed commercial and naval craft, sets us apart as leaders in the field of lightweight and robust aluminium structures.

Our history of working with all the major classification societies gives us a vast depth of knowledge and a record of efficiently and effectively achieving full Class approvals. With each Class society subject to its nuances, we have the insight to engage the class in an educated debate at the appropriate points and ensure that designs are unencumbered by heavy, redundant, or expensive features.

Many naval architecture offices and smaller shipyards choose to subcontract structural design services, so we provide specialist structural engineering to a broad customer base, often including our competitors in other disciplines. We also offer a pool of flexible resources available to work in yard as required to more extensive shipyards.

So, whether engaged as a single-source structural designer or reinforcing your existing team, we can provide a skilled, flexible, and scalable service that helps you confidently bid, execute, and deliver even the most challenging of projects.

Outfit engineering

We offer a range of outfit enginnering services from concept through to class and production level.

Our outfit engineering team’s primary goal is to ensure that outfit items such as windows, anchors, ships, or boats integrate seamlessly with structural and mechanical engineering.

At the concept level, our work includes feasibility studies, sketches, and design proposals to demonstrate to the builder and operator how the whole design meets requirements.

At the Class-level, we develop all outfit drawings and documentation required by Class and Flag for approval.

We work closely with the shipyard at the production level to develop the vessel’s detailed outfit design, which includes working with the shipyard’s nominated and preferred suppliers to ensure integration with other disciplines. We do this while maintaining practicality for production, operation, and maintenance. Our work in this field is diverse and includes examples such as the detailed development of anchoring and mooring systems, concealment systems for lifeboats, life rafts, deck cranes, and other ancillary equipment through fine production detailing handrails, window bonding systems and machinery ventilation louvres.

Projects

Design processes

Concept and preliminary design

We develop exceptional vessel designs that meet the exacting speed, performance, range, seakeeping, and efficiency requirements of operators and shipyards around the world.

We work with you closely to develop concepts and preliminary designs that meet all of your functional requirements, and we bring to bear our decades of experience in the entire process of whole-vessel engineering, from concept to detailed production design. We add significant value in the early stages of design development and ensure that the final design is practical and feasible without compromising the original intent.

Thanks to our unrivalled knowledge of the design of steel, aluminium and composite structures and our unique proprietary software, we’ve helped create some of the world’s most advanced marine systems and can offer designs to meet even the most challenging requirements. Our team of expert mechanical engineers have the tools and experience to design the most appropriate and efficient machinery and systems to operate to exact specifications.

We can collaboratively share ideas and technology and foster innovation in concept designs based on new or novel technology, advanced engineering, or innovative naval architecture solutions.

Whatever your requirements for technical support at the preliminary design stage, we have the expertise to develop practical, feasible engineering solutions for a concept without compromising your original design requirements.

Our outstanding reputation in hull-form design and development is founded on vessels that offer excellent seakeeping ability, low resistance, and high propulsive efficiency. Additionally, our background in configuring conventional and high-tech propulsion systems, together with our experience in integrating active stabilising and dynamic positioning systems, means that we provide the highest levels of capability for even the most demanding owners.

Our front-end design services include:

● Hull-form design and development

● Hydrodynamic model testing

● Performance predictions

● Weight assessments and stability analysis

● Specification development

● Concept design development

● Propulsion, machinery, and systems layout

● Tender level designs and vessel specifications

Class vessel design

Class-level design is a complex process, involving the definition of all of the significant plans required for approval by the nominated Class Society and Flag State. But by combining every engineering discipline under one roof, we’ve successfully delivered Class-approved designs for vessels from 9m to 220m.

We’ve worked extensively with all the major Class Societies and offer a profound knowledge of achieving total approvals as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Each Class Society is different and subject to its own nuances. We have the insight and the expertise to engage the Class in an educated debate at the appropriate points and ensure that designs are free of heavy, redundant, or expensive features. Where designs do not fit within existing regulatory frameworks, we work closely with Class and Flag to agree on compliance based on a pragmatic design solution that meets equivalent levels of safety.

By combining this invaluable capability with our unrivalled experience in pre-contract design, we can offer single-source engineering to develop all naval architecture, structural, mechanical and outfit factors to meet the most demanding rule requirements. Where appropriate, we integrate a high level

of detailing into our Class-level designs, thereby making it possible to progress quickly into production engineering and save valuable time and cost.

Our bespoke design engineering services include:

● Class rule calculations

● First principal structural calculations

● Finite element structural analysis

● Machinery and propulsion installation design

● System design

● Fire protection, detection, and suppression

● LSA requirements

● Anchoring and mooring

● Hydrostatics

● Intact and damaged stability analysis

● Tonnage and load line calculation

● Operational limitations

 

We produce high-quality Class-level drawing packages and vessel specifications for vessel cost estimation, contract, or further detailed design development by the shipyard.

Production design

We offer a comprehensive suite of production engineering services that use state-of-the-art production software and qualified, experienced operators to provide a comprehensive service for a wide range of vessels.

We have extensive experience in the design of steel, aluminium and advanced composite vessels, and a proven design pedigree for structures that are lightweight, robust, easy to construct and maintain, and fatigue-resistant thanks to our close attention to detail.

We collaborate closely with shipyards to ensure that the engineering details used are within the accepted practice of the yard and the capability of their equipment and make optimum use of the yard’s production facilities.

By combining this invaluable capability with our experience in pre-contract design, Classification-level design and build support, we can offer single-source engineering responsibility for development of all naval architecture, structural, mechanical and outfit aspects of design, from concept to reality.

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