How G&C Meets the Needs of our Client’s Non-Military & Commercial Ship Designs

We begin our ship design process by understanding the needs of our clients, and these become our top priorities through every phase of the ship design process. We interact directly with you from the start of a project and around the design spiral. Through our client’s vision, we are able to develop a design that meets their aesthetic style and functional objectives.

To Ensure Quality Solutions, We Comply with All Necessary Rules and Regulations for Ship Design

Ship Design Example Patrol Fire Rescue BoatOur team of experienced ship designers and engineers ensures that all our designs are fully integrated and compliant with all contractual requirements to meet our client’s expectations and deliver top-quality solutions.

Developing non-military and commercial vessels often requires the need to include a selected Classification Society rule set, which includes American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Rules for Steel Vessels, DNV GL Rules for Classification of Ships, Lloyd’s Register Rules, Bureau Veritas, and Regulations for the Classification of Ships. Classification Society rules also adhere to industry-required specifications and standards.

In addition to following U.S. rules and regulations for our domestic clients, when working abroad, we must follow the local governmental and international regulations. These regulations include the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, USCG COLREGS, SOLAS, and International Maritime Organization (IMO) standards. These regulations often vary from country to country as well.

Our Commitment to Vessel Repair, Maintenance, and Conversion

Our offices are conveniently located throughout the U.S. Our project managers and engineers are always ready for rapid support. We apply our services to provide value-add to owners and shipyards for maintenance, repairs, and conversion projects. Our team can support rapid turnaround on emergent engineering and planning needs including:

  • Repairs
  • Refits
  • Surveys
  • Repowering
  • Retrofits
  • Upgrades

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How Gibbs & Cox Successfully Meets U.S. Navy Ship Design Requirements

To execute our commitment to achieving the highest quality naval ship designs and meeting our client’s needs, Gibbs & Cox follows strict naval architecture rules, regulations, and design requirements.

Gibbs & Cox Adheres to Rigorous Ship Design Rules & Standards

Naval ship designs are tailored to meet an immense set of specifications. These specifications include the Navy’s unique governing rule set and numerous governmental and industrial regulations and standards. U.S. naval ship designs are developed using the Naval Combatant Design Specification or other Ship Class System Specification as the governing rule set. These rule sets are then integrated with the additional design criteria expressed in the contract to develop the ship design. Other criteria examples include NAVSEA Contract Drawings and Contract Guidance Drawings, U.S. Navy Design Data Sheets, U.S. Navy Design Practices and Criteria documents, U.S. Government Specifications, U.S. Government and Industry Standards, and Installation Control Drawings and Interface Control Drawings.

We Ensure Compliance Through Every Step of the Design Process

Gibbs & Cox ship design capabilities range from Preliminary Design through Detailed Design and Post-Delivery Engineering Change modification packages. We rigorously decompose all design requirements by work element at the beginning of Preliminary Design to capture and de-conflict each requirement. This approach allows the resultant design to be as integrated and de-risked as possible, from a requirements standpoint, before starting Functional Design. The requirements decomposition continues into Functional and Detailed Design to ensure that the final design is compliant with all requirements and all requirements can be tested and verified.

Our Ship Design Products Include:

  • Preliminary Design Products – Drawings and reports defining the design at a preliminary level of detail to prove feasibility of the design and identify potential design risks needed for adjudication in the next design phase
  • Contact Design Products – Drawings, analyses, and calculations further defining the ship’s structure and HM&E systems to allow the development of equipment Purchase Technical Specification and material parts list at the start of Functional Design
  • Detailed Design Products – Functional reports and calculations necessary to achieve Navy acceptance of the design. Production Drawings of all structural members and details, including hull, foundations, and joint designs, piping spool piece drawings, and electrical one-line drawings, cableway routing and alarms, sensors and control drawings.
  • Post Delivery Products – Work items to support engineering changes, Inclining and Ship trial support


Meeting Our Client’s Needs is the Top Requirement in Every Phase of Naval Ship Design

Our team of experienced ship designers and engineers ensures that all of our designs are fully integrated and compliant with all contractual requirements to meet our client’s expectations and deliver top-quality solutions.