Ship Design

Vard Marine Inc. offers professional marine design, engineering and shipbuilding technology services to clients throughout North America and internationally. With a large team of dedicated naval architects and engineers, Vard Marine is capable of tailoring our marine design experience and skills to suit the needs of our customers from the initial feasibility study and statement of requirements, right through to the ship’s Classification Society approval and production drawings.

The Design Process

Experienced Vard Marine staff work closely with our clients, using many in-house computer programs and our extensive vessel database, to define vessel characteristics and assure that, whenever possible, the proposed vessel design will be improved based on the success of an in-service Vard Marine vessel. The design process includes the following:

  • General arrangements showing compliance with Owner and regulatory requirements
  • Functional layout of mission equipment based on operational experience with existing vessels matching the performance requirements
  • Structural arrangement and analysis, including FEA, where appropriate, to ensure optimization of strength and vibration characteristics
  • Hull form development from one of a series of existing vessels with operational experience matching the performance requirements
  • Machinery arrangements and systems development, confirming simplicity of installation, operation and maintenance
  • Liaison to USCG, Transport Canada, and classification societies for regulatory solutions

We provide a contract design package that permits a builder to provide the client with a firm fixed price for delivery of the vessel. While many design firms reach the limits of their expertise at the end of the design phase, Vard Marine, with its shipbuilding background and support from Vard and Fincantieri’s global shipbuilding entities, can continue to assist clients with the following construction support:

  • A qualified bidders list and evaluation of shipyard bids
  • Production drawings to support construction and outfit of the vessel
  • Purchase specification and vendor selection
  • Trials procedures and supervision
  • Crew instruction and vessel operations manuals
  • Vessel construction and onsite supervision through to commissioning and delivery
  • Vard Marine’s continued presence throughout the design and build process can eliminate many of the direction changes experienced by ship owners when project responsibility is relinquished to others.