Our Services

At Houlder, we believe the most complex challenges require fresh thinking in engineering, design and project delivery. We help you navigate the complex; demystifying the options and implementing the most practical solutions.

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Our teams combine creativity, pragmatism and discipline to deliver the full range of ship design, naval architectural analysis and engineering services to optimise your vessel performance.

We offer operational modelling and simulation through HOME and assess efficiency technologies independently and objectively.

Houlder’s naval architects and engineers are highly experienced in the latest analysis tools and techniques to help you get the most from your floating assets.

We perform advanced analyses of complex marine systems, including intact and damaged stability; motions and seakeeping; moorings and risers; resistance and propulsion; global structural FE analysis; fatigue, fracture and redundancy. Importantly, our analysis typically supports Classification approval submissions.

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Vessel Design

Houlder follows your priorities to design efficient vessels efficiently.

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Houlder Optimisation and Modelling Environment (HOME)

HOME™ is the next step in Houlder’s evolution, blending cutting-edge programming, data analytics, and modelling with our time-tested, maritime expertise.

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Vessel Analysis

Houlder couples the latest computational analysis software with decades of physical model testing and sea trials knowledge to tackle hydrodynamic problems.

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Efficiency Technology Assessment

Houlder acts as an independent client friend to assess Energy Saving Devices (ESDs).

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Stability

Houlder combines 3D modelling with Naval Architecture expertise to provide compliant and efficient stability solutions for new-build and existing vessels.

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"Efficiency is the key competitive frontier for new builds and the existing fleet. Our services give you an edge."

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Jonathan Strachan, Chief Technical Officer

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We are rising to the stream of engineering challenges the transition to cleaner energy presents. Structural and mechanical engineering are the cornerstone capabilities Houlder offers. We design bespoke machines for the toughest assignments in fixed and floating offshore wind.

We’re at the new frontiers of power barges, carbon capture and energy transport. We also help sustain our near-term energy needs working with innovative FPSO projects.

We perform advanced analyses of complex marine systems, including intact and damaged stability; motions and seakeeping; moorings and risers; resistance and propulsion; global structural FE analysis; fatigue, fracture and redundancy. Importantly, our analysis typically supports Classification approval submissions.

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Structural Analysis

Houlder offers high quality, detailed structural analysis to many codes and requirements.

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Offshore Energy Engineering

Houlder focuses on floating energy production facilities across the modern oil and gas, energy transition and zero emission spectrum.

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Equipment Design

Providing all stages of equipment design to owners, operators and manufacturers of marine handling equipment.

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Pre-FEED & FEED Studies

Houlder specialises in FEED studies for floating energy production facilities.

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Structural Engineering

We have a wealth of experience when it comes to engineering the interface for large equipment when you need to install new or temporary equipment onboard your vessel.

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"Transferable skills and talent are perhaps the best news regarding the transition to cleaner energy. Our teams epitomise this – proven solvers of offshore problems, proactively engaging with the challenges ahead."

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Mark Goalen, Chief Operating Officer

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Houlder delivers trusted, independent, informed and pragmatic advice to clients across all our sectors.

Why? We have market-leading engineering expertise and significant practical experience of implementing projects.

Our employees and wider network of Associates typically have decades’ experience in their fields, including naval architecture, marine engineering, commercial fleet management and asset operational roles. Experience that is backed up by expert knowledge of market trends and the latest technologies.

Houlder delivers projects from design stage through procurement, construction, installation and commissioning.

We work with our own engineering output, or that from third parties, to deliver work packages of all sizes – from complete turnkey installation to the provision of onsite project management teams.

We’re known for being proactive, understanding your requirements and the ability to deploy teams on a global basis. We back this up with through life support after the installation work has been completed; ensuring that your assets continue to perform at their best throughout their life.

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Forensic Engineering

Investigative engineering helps vessel owners, OEMs, lawyers, insurers, accident investigators or anyone else looking to get to the bottom of a maritime problem.

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Studies and Reviews

Houlder offers a wide range of technical and commercial studies, reports and reviews including fleet reviews and FEED studies.

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Owner's Representative

Houlder works alongside vessel owners as an independent, technical ally.

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Expert Witness

Providing legal firms with expert witness services and forensic engineering in arbitration and litigation cases.

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Through Life Support

Houlder has built up a strong reputation for acting as prime contractor for maintenance, upgrade and refurbishment of non-OEM military equipment.

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"We don’t back away from the ‘c word’.  Consultancy, or at least our version, centres on you and your needs. Our role, scope and deliverables flow from that and no other agenda."

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Mark Goalen, Chief Operating Officer

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