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Sea Speed

Projects for Sea trials & testing, naval architecture & ship survey

Seaspeed Marine Consulting has conducted a wide range of Sea trials and testing, naval architecture and ship survey projects for international and UK clients.

Although these core capabilities are at the heart of our services, you will see from the project files below that we bring a unique and innovative approach to every commission.

With expertise across the full range of technologies involved with advanced marine systems, we offer a completely independent and well informed technical consultancy service.

Sea Trials & Testing

Ship Motion Monitoring

Seaspeed Vessel Monitoring System used for short, medium and long term performance monitoring analysis and reporting.
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Comprehensive hydrodynamic model testing completed in record time using unique 3D printing technique for the build of large test models.


Model testing to support development of the new fast all-weather Shannon Class lifeboat
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South Boats

Open water & tank model testing to compare wind farm service vessel hull form performance against prevailing conditions.
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Mustang Marine

Noise and Vibration trials for Windfarm Service Class approval. This work follows similar formal trials for other vessel builders.


Full engineering support during design and build including RCD documentation.


Research, design and construction of prototype unmanned survey vehicle.


Design, assembly and testing of electronic control and monitoring systems


Design and build of unmanned fast marine target drones.


Operation and maintenance of target drones during MOD gunnery trials.

Dixon Yacht Design

Comparative resistance and seakeeping model tests.

C&C Technologies

Design and construction package for diesel powered 6.3 metre unmanned semi-submersible vehicle for hydrographic survey.

BMT Defence Services

Seakeeping, manoevring and whole body vibration measurements – instrumentation, recording and data analysis.


Design and production support of RIB training simulator for UK MOD.

Babcock Marine

Detailed seakeeping computer predictions and free running model tests

Naval Architecture

The Carbon Trust – R&D

Provision of VMMS, wave buoy and offshore trials facilitation for sea trials on fast wind farm support craft, including detailed data analysis and P-Plot presentation.
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Innovate UK

WAFT (wave augmented foil technology) research into the use of wave foils on commercial ships. Partners with Rolls Royce Marine and MOST, Seaspeed undertakes the majority of tank testing and hydrodynamic concept design work.


Wave foil hydrodynamic development to improve understanding and efficiency of Autonaut’s unique wave powered propulsion system. Also the development of an electrical propulsive pod for battery powered applications.

Virtu Ferries (Malta)

Owner’s Technical Representative for the selection and acquisition of high speed ferries.
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IHI Jane's

Editor of Jane's High Speed Marine Transportation from 1993 - 2012


Performance prediction for a series of 65 knot Fast Interceptors.

BMT Nigel Gee

FMEA for 73m Alaska Marine Highways Ferry.

Ship Builder

High speed (70 knots) triple waterjet powered vessel manoeuvring tests.


Resistance, seakeeping and manoeuvring model tests.

Holman Fenwick Willan

Technical expert witness in HSC arbitration cases.


RIB lifting frame design and fabrication drawings.

ML Lifeguard

Structural design, safety assessment and sea-trials of large inflatable Marine Escape Slides (MES).

Sims Leppard

Production of computer cutting files for 14m hull and superstructure.

MST Ltd.

Structural design and construction drawing package for a series of high speed interceptor craft.

C&C Technologies

Research, design and development of unmanned hydrographic survey vessel.


Control system design for Autobrow active personnel transfer device, including model and full scale trials & testing and system safety case.

Ship Survey

Fast Ferry Resurgence

Three large fast ferry condition inspections in three months, indicating a resurgence of interest following record low fuel prices in early 2015.

Stena Line

Passge Plan Risk Assessment for 98m HSC for Brittany Ferries.

Scottish Enterprise

Performance assessments and route analysis of fast conventional ferries.

Ritchie Bros Auctioneers

Technical representative for auction of three 122m Pacificat Ferries.

P&O Ferries

Technical expert for HSC incident investigations.


Compilation and anlysis of HSC incident database for UK MCA.

DLA Piper

Expert Witness with respect to high speed craft incidents.


Post modification stability assessments and trials for various police launches.

Babcock Marine

Condition and valuation survey for 45m passenger HSC.


Owners representative for the design, build and trials of a 57m aluminium fast ferry.


Technical comparison between Pentamaran and conventional ship performance.


On-Off hire charter condition assessments and valuation surveys for large high speed ferries.


Valuation and condition survey of a 112 metre wave piercing catamaran fast ferry.

BAE Halmatic

Design support for engine, propulsion and superstructure upgrade


Post Design Support (PDS) services for MOD small boats.

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