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29 November 2019

A Marintec China Case Study - ICE Marine Design

ICE Marine Design is Europe’s largest independent ship design consultancy, with a track record of designing a wide range of ships and offshore structures for clients worldwide.

Between December 3 and 6, ICE will be exhibiting at China’s biggest shipbuilding trade fair – Marintec China – as part of a delegation organised by the UK government’s Department of International Trade (DIT) and leading British trade body the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI). The event will provide ICE with the perfect opportunity to meet representatives from the country’s shipyards, including existing and potential clients.

ICE has a long history of designing cruise vessels, mainly for clients in France, Greece and Germany. Past projects have ranged from structural analysis, HVAC design, design of public spaces and accommodation, and EIT design to design a major part of a luxurious polar class expeditionary cruise vessel. Thanks to the eagerly expected expansion of China’s cruise ship construction industry, it sees the country as an important and growing market.

The company has also specialised in the offshore oil and gas sector for a number of years, particularly with regard to the design of floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) and floating, storage and offloading (FSO) vessels. It has been involved with more than 40 projects of this type in recent years, including in China.

ICE says the FPSO/FSO conversion market has tended to centre on Singapore and Dubai. However, as a sector that’s primarily driven by cost, the firm expects construction of such vessels, both conversion and new build, will increasingly move to China thanks to the ability of Chinese shipyards to provide cost effective solutions for large steel projects.

Gas carriers are another important market for ICE. The company has already carried out technical studies for liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers in China and has designed several gas ships for clients elsewhere, and regards this as a booming sector.

Steinar Draegebo, Chairman of ICE, said:

“This will be our fourth time exhibiting at Marintec China. It’s very convenient for us to be part of the SMI delegation and it has always been a beneficial, positive experience. As Europe’s largest independent ship design company we see China as an important and growing market, particularly with regard to cruise ships, and FPSO/FSO vessels within the offshore oil and gas sector. We feel it is a good time to be in the country to meet with shipyards – those we already know and new, potential clients.”


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