Walker Marine set to make waves

Tue, 26 May 2015

New naval architecture consultancy business, Walker Marine Design Ltd, is off to a good start after securing a number of contracts for the offshore wind sector and wider marine industry.

Founded by experienced Naval Architect James Walker, the UK-based company specialises in the design, repair and refit of commercial workboats, particularly high-speed light craft. It has the in-house capability to provide stability assessments, stability books and structural calculations for any marine structure.

Walker Marine has recently been awarded the design of four aluminium windfarm service vessels for CWind. The designs are two 23m BV classed vessels and two 21m MCA vessels, and will be the first aluminium workboats to be added to CWind’s fleet.

All four vessels will be fitted with MTU engines and Rolls Royce water jets, and with resiliently mounted deckhouses, Walker Marine says they will offer passengers a new level of comfort and safety.

Walker Marine adds that these vessels are seen as the next generation of windfarm service vessels and due to their increased depth and bollard push they are expected to give excellent seakeeping capabilities, efficient fuel efficiency, as well as improved transfer ability.

They are currently being built by Aluminium Marine Consultants Ltd in Cowes, Isle of Wight with the first due for delivery later this year.

Elsewhere, the company has been consulting with KPM Marine on their new lightweight shipping container manufactured for MPI Offshore. The company was commissioned to design the container’s structure as well as an innovative deck mounting system suitable for any vessel. Weighing in below 300kg, the first container is successfully in operation and subsequent orders have been placed due to their success.

This year, the company says it has “big plans” and will provide innovative naval architecture to the marine industry as well as continue its relationships with UK and European shipyards.

In addition, it’s looking to build relationships with companies in East Anglia to complement its proximity to the thriving offshore wind and oil and gas industry. The company is also working closely with local colleges and universities to develop a hub for naval architects in the region.

Source: Rachael Doyle,

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