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Naval Architecture

Clients across a wide spectrum trust our naval architecture and marine engineering capabilities to solve their most challenging issues—and their most common ones. But more than just technical aptitude, we bring to our client engagements a deep commitment to partnership and a demand for excellence—every project, every time.

We offer an in-depth knowledge of structural design principles and practices, in metals, wood, FRP and composites.

The involvement of technical support to a design concept or proposal at an early stage is essential to ensure the feasibility of the design. We work closely with designers, integrating the owner’s requirements and the designer’s concepts with statutory and classification requirements.

We incorporate statutory aspects such as fire, escape and stability into the fundamentals of the designer’s proposals as well as ensuring the owner’s technical requirements, including speed, range and comfort are tackled at this early and critical stage of design.

Technical layouts such as the engine room are considered in this stage and are designed for function and space, ensuring minimal design changes during build. Our support can range from initial overviews of design proposals to support throughout the design, tendering and build phase.


At Maritime Survey Australia, vessel safety is our top priority. Our staff have experience with a broad range of regulations and standards, including Class, USL Code, NSCV, ISO, IMO, AS/NZS standards and many others. Typically, our clients are required to meet the requirements of the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV). This may be in the form of a new, existing or transitional vessel. Maritime Survey Australia surveyors will ensure that you meet the requirements as set out by AMSA under the National Law.


Maritime Survey Australia has an extensive knowledge and understanding in stability analysis from decades of experience, with both intact and damaged stability investigations being undertaken on a regular basis. We are able to conduct inclining and lightship tests and prepare stability booklets and addendums as well as develop vessel load analyses reports.

Transitional Vessel

Maritime Survey Australia provide client services for the undertaking of complete vessel refits involving every aspect of the vessel as well as vessel extensions and minor modifications. Typically, we are asked to assess vessel construction, stability and trim, or vessel weight, efficiency and performance. This may be in the case of a new build, a modification to an existing vessel, i.e. change in vessel length or a change in loaded displacement or an upgrade in class of a vessel. We are there to provide our clients with confidence prior to committing to physical vessel works.

Powering and Speed assessment

Maritime Survey Australia are able to assist with vessel powering, re-powering and the completion of survey approved construction drawings of engine mounts, shafting, propellers, nozzles and rudder assemblies. Maritime Survey Australia can also undertake on-water powering and manoeuvrability tests to verify regulatory compliance.

AMSA Accredited Surveyors are able to complete the following Initial and Periodic Survey requirements:

  • Lightship tests
  • Inclining tests
  • Plan approval
  • Initial load line survey
  • Periodic load line survey
  • Stability assessment
  • Stability book development
  • Hull thickness assessments


  • As-built construction plans
  • Safety plan
  • Fire control plan
  • Evacuation plan
  • Freeboard plan
  • Damage control plan
  • Stability book
  • Safety management systems

Services include:

  • 3D hull modelling
  • NSCV compliance
  • Engineering validation for design concepts
  • Machinery layouts
  • Power requirements
  • Specification development
  • Speed and range calculations
  • Watertight subdivision assessments
  • Weight and stability calculations

Initial Survey application / Tender specification

Ensuring the feasibility of the project at this early stage is critical and checks on initial parameters including principal dimensions, speed, range, weight, stability, standards or Class issues must be made to ensure a smooth start to the design process. At this stage ensuring that the Owner’s team or Yard are confident that the foundations of the project are based on sound Naval Architecture and engineering design is extremely important.

Why Choose Maritime Survey Australia

Listening and talking with you we gain an understanding of your requirements. Our qualified, experienced Naval Architects can ensure full compliance with the rules through a flexible approach using equivalent alternative solutions where applicable. We aim is to be timely as well as flexible. Our national coverage means that we are available when and where you need us most.

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