Houlder provide awareness of commercial shipbuilding practice to ensure that project and technical risks are minimised through a progressive acceptance approach.
Development of the Statement of Owner’s requirements is critical as this forms the backbone of the performance requirements in the technical specification and concept design. This statement is used to develop a detailed description of the ferry including the GA and a tendering specification that can be incorporated into an invitation to tender enabling effective competitive tendering. A rigorous selection process is used to select a preferred bidder and commence contract negotiations.
Critical Owner’s requirements are defined with measurable performance criteria that are detailed in the tender documents. These limits on the design are negotiated into the shipbuilding contract as appropriate liquidated damages.
During the contracted phase with the Shipyard, the technical performance is progressively validated by Computational Fluid Dynamics methods, tanks testing and finally harbour and sea trials.
Houlder’s involvement with the design and construction process will be arranged to verify compliance at the earliest opportunity by:-
Our services during each stage of the project can be summarised as follows:-
This approach as been successfully delivering new vessels to ferry operators around the UK and overseas for over thirty years.