Surface Ship Design and Support

Our designers and engineers have the flexibility and capability to undertake the complete design and assurance of new naval platforms, as well as introduce, execute and manage design changes to existing in-service naval vessels.

We are the leading independent centre of excellence for naval design and through-life support in Europe and North America, and one of the few external organisations to be named by the UK Ministry of Defence as a Delegated Naval Authority. We also undertake major surface ship defence projects in Australia and South East Asia.

BMT is at the cutting edge of technology and science, and we pride ourselves on executing our customers’ requirements both within budget and on time. We are recognised for our depth of experience, broad technical expertise, long-term partnership management, impartial advice and reliability.

We also advise acquisition agencies on balancing the capabilities of the ships they procure against their build, through-life operating and disposal costs. Our systems engineers and naval designers can make significant contributions from the very first concept studies, through the detailed design phase to ship construction and on-going in-service support.


Our naval architects, engineers and consultants have extensive experience with auxiliary ships mainly from supporting the platforms operated by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. This has now extended to the design of complete auxiliary platform solutions based on our Aegir family of designs.

BMT’s original concept design, Aegir®, is the blueprint for a family of naval support vessels that can replenish ships at sea and, due to their advanced double-hulled design, are compliant with the latest IMO environmental regulations. The design has been adopted by the UK and Norwegian navies for their latest support vessels and is under serious consideration by several other naval forces around the world.

These services are provided by our specialist operating companies in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US.