Vital knowledge gained for large yacht designers through new research

New regulations which are set to have a significant impact on shaping the future of large yacht designs need to be clearly understood and quickly addressed, according to a leading expert at BMT Nigel Gee, a subsidiary of BMT Group. James Roy, Yacht Design Director at BMT Nigel Gee explains: "There is a clear knowledge gap in the industry in regards to new regulations which are either in force or are soon to be implemented, and it's vital that we bridge this gap effectively."

This comes hot on the heels of a recent research programme, carried out by BMT Nigel Gee, aiming to determine what impact future regulations will have on the design of large yachts, with specific application to yachts of over 3000 GRT (Gross Registered Tonnage) and carrying more than 12 passengers. The research covered both new and changing regulations including: Maritime Labour Convention; Harmonised Probabilistic Stability; MARPOL Regulation 12A for the protection of fuel oil tanks; Ballast Water Convention; MARPOL Emissions Regulations and Safe Return to Port.

Roy continues: "The findings from this research allows BMT to have a head start into understanding the impact of these regulations on new designs, through which we, as a business can support stylists, designers, other naval architects and shipyards to ensure compliance is engineered into the fundamental layout of these yachts".

The research has been funded by parent BMT Group, a company founded on the core principle of innovation, pioneering research and development. The company pursues an extensive R&D programme to ensure that its services and products are well informed, appropriately targeted at the challenges set by industry and populated with the highest quality validated data.


BMT continues to be recognised and commended for its commitment to R&D, with a number of awards for innovation and technical excellence. It is this commitment to innovate and exploit that will keep BMT at the forefront of its business sectors.

The knowledge and insight secured from this research will be presented by BMT Nigel Gee in the public domain later in 2010.

BMT Nigel Gee
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