HRH The Princess Royal officially opened Macduff Ship Design’s new office

Tue, 06 March 2012

HRH The Princess Royal officially opened Macduff Ship Design’s new office on 1 March 2012.

The purpose designed two storey office was commissioned by the company to meet increasing demands on its services and to allow for expansion.

Featuring, on the ground floor, a reception area, board room/meeting room, kitchen, large storage area and washplaces, the first floor is predominately an open plan design office with work stations featuring the latest hardware and software for ship design.

Overlooking Macduff harbour are an additional two management offices.

The size and layout of the new office allows for additional staff to be recruited.

Since its inception in March 1993 Macduff Ship Design has expanded steadily and consolidated to become one of the most prolific marine consultancies in the commercial and fishing vessel sectors.  Indeed the company now has the reputation as designers of some of the most modern, efficient and robust vessels in the market.

The company’s personnel have considerable experience in the marine industry, with many successful vessels of all sizes and types sailing around the coasts to testify to this.  Indeed the personnel have a combined total of over 200 years involvement in the industry.

Initially the core business of the company was the design of new fishing vessels for both the UK and Irish fishing fleets and Macduff was a market leader.

However the company realised that the volume of work from the fishing industry would diminish due to severe restrictions forced on the fleet and therefore embarked on a programme to develop a range of tugs and workboats in 2003.

The company received its first tug order in 2005 from Perth and Kinross Council and this was quickly followed by another order from Peterhead Harbour.

This was the start of the company’s success in the tug and workboat market and very soon export orders were being received from Singapore, Malaysia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and France.  New designs are currently under construction in six different countries.

Macduff has an extremely large portfolio of designs from 8m up to 85m covering every type of commercial vessel but has not forgotten its roots in the fishing industry.

Indeed a prestigious order for a 47.5m fishing autoliner was received late in 2011 from a Russian shipyard keeping the name of Macduff in the forefront of the International fishing industry.

The company has worked closely with Shipyards in the UK, Denmark, Finland, Canada, Croatia, Norway, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Malaysia, Turkey, Middle East, China and Poland, either employed directly by an Owner/Operator or an actual Shipyard.  Work has been to the approval of various Classification Societies ie Lloyds, DNV, BV, ABS, NKK and the MCA and indeed the company is the only one approved by the States of Guernsey to carry out survey and stability work on behalf of the States.

Collaboration agreements are in place with Boustead Shipyards in Malaysia and Goa Shipyard in India whereby Macduff will provide designs and all necessary technical information and drawings for commercial vessel construction.

Macduff provides ship owners and ship builders with complete design and engineering/outfitting drawing packages, including cutting information and all stability calculations, ensuring a smooth build period.

Source: Press Release from Macduff Ship Design

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