An introduction

IMC Shipping and Offshore Design is an independent consultancy firm focussing on design and assesment of crude carriers, product tankers and tanker-based offshore structures. Through research and experience IMC Shipping & Offshore Design has built up an extensive knowledge base. Our knowledge goes beyond structural matters; fully certified Masters and Marine Engineers with an oil-major background are an integral part of our design teams. This enables us to analyse tankers from all disciplines and invest time and effort in areas that are crucial for your performance.

The tanker market is traditionally a conservative market benchmarking performance on the basis of standard parameters like ship speed, cargo-capacity, building and operational costs. Ever increasing global competition forces players to have a global perspective and look beyond tradition. This means that meeting the standard performance parameters is often not sufficient to reach market succes.

Matching performance parameters for the trade with the design of your vessels is crucial. Many of the traditional parameters are no longer valid in the era of the double hull concept. It is important to look beyond and realise that this era brings new problems but also new opportunities.

How can IMC Shipping and Offshore Design assist us?

Many operators believe that external consultants only cost money and deliver none. This is often based on the fact that many consultants focus only on one aspect of the proces instead of the final result. The current market situation calls for experts that oversee all relevant aspects, focussing on operational and financial performance during the economic lifetime of the vessel. We have shown that our expertise earns money for operators. The return of investment on our services has proven to be a multiple of the costs involved.

It is important to investigate the operational and financial implications of the choices you are offered by yards and shipbrokers. This is relevant for newbuildings, but also when buying a second hand vessels or considering converting a crudecarrier to a shuttle tanker. IMC Shipping and Offshore Design can offer you the right expertise, theoretical and operational, to make the right choice at the moment that you need it.

What is the expertise of IMC Shipping & Offshore Design?

Our staff offers an important combination of design theory and design practice. Only this important combination ensures practical and realistic results. All staff members work in close cooperation wit a number of disciplines offering regular exchange of the latest design know-how.

The staff is formed by a team of Naval Architects, Technical Engineers and Operational Staff.

We are specialized in the crude and product oil tankers design, both in new double hull designs as well as in existing single hull designs. Our experience focusses on the following sizes:
- Product Tankers
- Aframax size
- Suezmax size
- VLCC
- Shuttle Tankers

The expertise of our staff includes the wide range of disciplines required for tanker design. Our staff are well experienced in the following areas:
- General and detail tanker design
- Shipping market trends
- International Regulations and Class requirements
- Economics and Cost calculation
- Tanker operations
- On-site Building / Repairs / Conversions
- Safety / Environment

Parties interested in our organization and services are urged to read the other pages on services and recent projects or to contact us for further information.

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