Offshore Ship Designers Strategy

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Design teams in IJmuiden, Montrose, Escrick, Bideford and Shanghai will now all operate under the IJmuiden-based Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) name and will work more closely together. The office in Bideford is new and will focus on cargo ships, patrol vessels, dredgers and mega yachts.

Michiel Wijsmuller, managing director of OSD, said, "We are not just rebranding, we have integrated a loose group into a strong company. WorldWise Marine and IMT are now an integrated design company with solid engineering capacity but above all, a strong independent presence in all the key markets. There are hardly any truly independent ship design companies now, especially in the offshore world. Most of them are tied to engine and equipment manufacturers. OSD has the skills, capacity and ideas to tackle innovative projects, and it can bring true independence to the table. So designs can be based on the best equipment and outfit for the job, rather than being based around the needs of particular equipment or particular power plants."

OSD's IJmuiden office was formerly WorldWise Marine Engineering, now renamed OSD Holland. It will lead the group's tug and harbour craft work.  Montrose and Escrick are the former IMT Marine Consultants teams, now renamed OSD-IMT, and leading the group's continuing focus on cost-effective offshore service vessels. The Bideford office is new, and falls under OSD-IMT. It will add expertise on cargo ships, patrol vessels, dredgers, ferries and yachts to the group. OSD Shanghai retains its name, providing a foothold in Asia and a strong resource of qualified staff to service group demand.

Wijsmuller said, "OSD has a three pronged strategy for development. Internally we will harmonise our software and resources across all our offices, recruit more engineers and naval architects and have more inter-office work sharing to ensure we have a decentralised but wholly integrated team capable of handling large projects from concept through to detailed drawing and on to newbuilding supervision.

Externally, we shall continue to build on our expertise with good, solid, practical and above all most-effective offshore support vessels and tugs, and at the same time we intend to offer innovative designs in other markets which require our environmentally friendly and high technology approach but which want simple, pragmatic solutions to their needs. Small cargo vessels, patrol vessels, dredgers, mega yachts and ferries will be target areas. We shall build the business on two key factors which set us apart in the market. These are a strong knowledge base and interest in environmentally friendly technology, and most important of all, our independence. When an operator wants a design aimed specifically at meeting their needs, rather than a ready-made equipment package adapted to their tender, then they will come to Offshore Ship Designers."

Wijsmuller said the IMT brand will not be lost, because IMT stays as part of the name OSD-IMT and will still be used as the name for a line of designs in the offshore service vessel field. "We have around forty modern vessels out there in service with IMT and a number on the side, and there are currently a further thirty IMT designs building at five different yards all over the world. So we will continue to use IMT as the prefix for our offshore vessel designs, and the next in the series will be a lengthened and upgraded Field Support Vessel, the IMT 955-2," he said.

Maritime Reporter August 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Liberian Registry Appoints Catsiba Manager in Dubai

Fay Catsiba has joined the Liberian International Ship & Corporate Registry (LISCR) as Business Development Manager based in Dubai, U.A.E. Greece-born Fay, who

Cook Joins Horizon Shipbuilding as Operations VP

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. announced that Mickey Cook has joined the corporation as the Vice President of Operations for the Bayou La Batre shipyard. Cook, one of the founders of C & G Boatworks,

Mercury Marine Launches Repower Financing

Mercury Marine launched a new repower finance program that aims to make it easier for consumers to get the engine performance they want with flexible financing for a broad range of buyers.

Naval Architecture

Austal Delivers Fourth JHSV to the US Navy

The U.S. Navy accepted delivery of USNS Fall River (JHSV 4) from Austal USA yesterday, a week shy of six months from the date they took delivery of JHSV 3. This

MN 100: Resolve Marine Group

1510 SE 17th Street, Suite 400 Fort Lauderdale, Fl 33316 Tel: (954) 764-8700  Email: info@resolvemarine.com Website: www.resolvemarine.com President & CEO: Joseph Farrell, Jr.

Green Passenger Ferries from Faaborg Vaerft

The first full-electrical passenger ferry in composite is delivered to Ballerina AB in Stockholm, Sweden. Faaborg Vaerft A/S has delivered the first full-electrical passenger vessel,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.2805 sec (4 req/sec)