Operational Overview

Vessel Design and Performance

BMT’s expertise in this field is demonstrated by its innovative vessel designs and ability to develop market leading vessel performance tools.

The year saw strong demand for our specialist ship design services. The continued global economic recovery contributed to this, as did our new and existing shipyard partnerships in Asia and Northern Europe, opening up opportunities for design work for large yachts, fast ferries, offshore maintenance vessels, fast crew transfer boats and innovative multi-purpose floating platforms.

New Opportunities
We continued to win new contracts and break new ground in the mega-yacht market, furthering our work on 100m+ yachts based on BMT hull forms and working with industry leaders such as Oceanco. In commercial and renewables shipping, we continued our partnerships with Penguin Shipyards, Strategic Marine and Piriou. The innovative nature of our specialist design skills was also seen in the commercial shipping and offshore oil & gas markets, where our work on more fuel-efficient fast crew transfer vessels and innovative high-speed LNG carrier designs won us new projects during the year.
Partnering with leading shipyard Ares, we also won an exciting new detailed design contract for the Bahrain coastguard. In the renewable energy market we continue to have success in the design of windfarm support vessels using the Turbine Access System jointly developed with Houlder.

Fuel Efficiency
In offshore oil & gas, demand for larger and faster mono-hull crew boats offers opportunities to exploit our new, fuel-efficient designs. Across the deepwater commercial fleets, the increase in bunker costs and new energy efficiency legislation combined to push performance monitoring to the top of the agenda. Our investment in market leading fuel and performance monitoring systems resulted in their adoption by a number of leading owners and charterers of LNG, tankers and bulk carrier fleets.

As well as commercial ship design, we also work in the defence market to deliver leading edge platform design.

Looking ahead, we will continue to work together across the group to build capabilities and access new opportunities in what we expect to continue to be a growing market.
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    Our latest partnership with Ares Shipyard will see BMT undertake detailed design work on six innovative 18m patrol boats for the Bahrain Coast Guard.
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    BMT has significantly expanded its superyacht engineering services in 2012-2013. Current projects include several superyachts in excess of 100m in length.
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    Louis Dreyfus Armateurs commissioned BMT to undertake crew training for the Port of Mostyn, UK to ensure the safe manoeuvring of Ro-Ro ships in and out of the harbour. BMT worked closely with LDA to define training objectives and develop a training programme for crews using the company’s REMBRANDT software.
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