How have Naval Architects impacted the maritime industry?

Sailing has played a major part in the development of the civilization since ancient times. For the last hundred of years, innovation has grasped the maritime industry, which has come to have one of the highest versatilities on earth. The planet’s waterways are used for travel, entertainment, logistics and resource exploitation. Naval architecture is the science that helped build all the vessels and structures that make this possible.

What do naval architects do?

Naval Architects are involved during the entire lifecycle of a watercraft. They help devise the initial concept, taking into account the client’s requirements. The range of vessels they design expands from  recreational crafts such as boats, yachts, power boats, to high speed crafts, warships, merchant ships and offshore drilling platforms. Each and every technical outfitting (pipe installations, HVAC, insulations), the layout of the compartments and onboard equipments are planned during the  basic and detail drawings. These serve the manufacturer or the shipyard to fabricate and assemble all the components.

Even after the ship first sets sail, naval architecture will still play a major part in its safekeeping, in obtaining all Class Approvals and implementing environmental regulations. Using specialised computer software, engineers now have the capacity to test every structure onboard, even before the ship is built, and to analyze the impact of installing new equipment.

We have put together a list of 9 essential services naval architects contribute with, in order to highlight their critical role in constructing and maintaining a functional and safe ship.  The job of a Naval Architect is, obviously, much more complex than this, including plenty of managerial roles, advanced technical knowledge, computer software, organizational and planning skills.


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