Commercial Marine

Houlder’s commercial marine clients benefit from a broad range of design, technical consultancy, analysis and supervision services. The company has a proven track record of building, modifying and maintaining ships. This includes diving and offshore support vessels, cable layers, Ro-Ro and Ro-Pax ferries,  specialist use vessels and super and megayachts. You can read more about the latter here.

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Houlder’s team of naval architects, marine engineers and project managers are able to support owners and operators at all stages of their vessel’s lifecycle working in shipyards around the world including Japan, China, South Korea, Australia, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia.

Services include:

  • Marine consultancy & project management
  • Concept development
  • Ship design and analysis
  • Plan approval
  • Vessel modification & upgrade
  • Construction supervision & commissioning
  • Refurbishment / upgrade of equipment
  • Design & operation of pipe-lay systems & diving systems
  • Integration of new equipment with the ship and its systems
  • Technical support and maintenance
  • Expert Witness and forensic engineering

Houlder is actively committed to environmentally sound developments within the commercial marine industry. It is ideally placed to support the installation of Ballast Water Treatment Systems and Engine Scrubber systems – both areas of increasing importance due to international regulation. The company designed the UKs first LNG dual fuel ferry and Wightlink’s new flag ship dual fuel electro-diesel vessel. Houlder has also designed a range of LNG bunkering and wind farm support vessels aimed at supporting a lower carbon marine sector.

Houlder is independent meaning commercial marine clients can be confident it is acting entirely on their behalf, whether the task is writing a vessel specification, assessing a yard’s capability, approving plans and design drawings or supervising build work.  Houlder has a positive Industry presence and strong relations with Class Societies. As a result the team is fully conversant with all relevant Industry Standards, International Rules and Regulations as well as Class requirements.



Get in touch for more information
+44 (0)20 7283 1220