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    Offshore Ship Designers creates major design resource

    News // January 16, 2007

    Three well established offshore, ship and tug design and technical consulting companies have joined forces to provide a major new one-stop resource for oil companies, offshore operators, tug owners, ports and shipyards.

    Offshore Ship Designers, based in Ijmuiden, the Netherlands, bring together the skills, experience, innovation and workforce of naval architects and engineers of Dutch companies Sea of Solutions BV, WorldWise Marine BV and UK-based IMT Marine Consultants.

    “Offshore Ship Designers has the critical mass to support global clients with complete conceptual studies, basic and detailed design, yard choice, supervision and delivery of every type and size of offshore craft, from exploration, construction and production vessels, through OSVs and rescue vessels to tugs for every purpose,” said Michiel Wijsmuller, managing director. “By combining our resources we are able to be closer to clients, wherever they are. We have offices in the Netherlands, Scotland and England and are expanding into China. The size of the new company and its ability to draw on the resources of all the offices in terms of skills, ideas and computer time means our clients will get what they need, where they need it, whenever they want it.”

    The formation of Offshore Ship Designers follows the acquisition of the majority shareholding in IMT by Sea of Solutions and WorldWise Marine, which was completed at the end of 2006.

    Said Wijsmuller: "Through Offshore Ship Designers our clients can draw upon 60 experienced naval architects and engineers who know their needs. We have a strong track record within the industry and are known for our innovative designs and providing high quality conceptual, basic and detailed design and engineering. For the tug world we offer a full analysis of the needs of a port or terminal, specifying the type and number of tugs needed, and if required taking that through design and build."

    “A key strength of OSD is its ability to work closely with clients by providing tender support, and understanding their needs right across the spectrum. Based on its deep market knowledge OSD has built a portfolio of designs which clients across the market can use pro-actively,” he explained.

    Current projects underway at OSD include the design of a pipelay/derrick vessel with a 3,000 tonne lift capability for the Larsen & Toubro Sapura Crest joint venture; the design of four 60 tonne bollard pull escort tugs for a Turkish yard; and tender support for numerous PSVs and OSVs for North Sea service.

    Recent deliveries include four IMT 992 Regional Support Vessels for BP Shipping/BP Exploration Operating Company built at Yantai Raffles Shipyard, and the fifth  in a series of seven IMT 948 Standby Vessels for North Star Shipping (Aberdeen) Limited built by Astilleros Balenciaga, Spain.


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