Houlder wins design contract by Marine Scotland


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Houlder, a leading design and engineering consultancy, has won two new contracts with Marine Scotland, the Scottish Government branch responsible for the integrated management of the Scottish Seas. The two-vessel design contracts provide support for the design and construction of two new vessels that will have enhanced vessel capabilities and be designed to operate in the harsh conditions of the North Atlantic and North Sea.

Following a fleet assessment in 2019, Marine Scotland developed a fleet plan to meet future marine protection and research needs in Scotland. In preparation, Marine Scotland has signed two technical service contracts with Houlder to ensure qualified design for two new types of state-of-the-art vessels: a scientific research vessel and a compliance vessel.

Marine Scotland will use Houlder’s expertise in research vessels and hybrid designs to thoroughly assess the requirements and design documentation for both vessels, ensuring the vessels are perfectly fit for purpose. Houlder will provide tender support and shipyard assessment throughout this process. To ensure a smooth journey from concept to delivery, Houlder will use its regulatory experience, hybrid vessel design, and operational and technical expertise, particularly for research vessels.

The new type of compliance vessel will be designed for use in the Scottish Area (200nm EEZ), including the harsh North Atlantic and North Sea conditions, and will meet Emission Control Area requirements (ECA).

Ship concept drawing

In addition, the new type of research vessel will offer improved vessel capabilities, including increased capacity for more scientists and the integration of scientific equipment, facilitating a greater variety of research projects.

Rupert Hare, CEO of Houlder, said, “Solving complex design challenges and achieving ambitious goals, whether technical, operational or environmental, is our best job. Marine Scotland wants two types of high quality vessels with exceptional capacity and efficiency. “

Houlder has extensive experience in the design of hybrid ships and recently worked with the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company (IoMSPC), acting as a technical advisor in the design and construction of their latest battery-powered hybrid ferry. Houlder was also involved in the design and construction of RRS Sir David Attenborough alongside NERC and Cammell Laird.
Source: Houlder

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