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ABL is a well-known and trusted provider of marine and engineering consulting services to the maritime defence sector. Along with our group company Longitude Engineering, we are well equipped and experienced in managing highly confidential projects for the defence sector across the world. Our services include naval architecture and engineering for vessel design, conversion and upgrades, advanced analysis and simulation services, marine systems engineering and consulting, marine operations engineering, marine assurance and risk services, as well as support in expert witness, claims and litigation. Our specialists who work on defence contracts are of the highest professional standing and reputation and fully understand the often sensitive nature of the work at hand.
Marine design, conversion and upgrade experts
Through our group company Longitude Engineering, ABL are established global experts in detailed and concept design and engineering of new-build vessels and small craft for the defence sector. Our teams also specialise in the design of military ships for life extension, alteration and amendments, and are able to apply a wide range of computational tools to assess military specific issues such as shock and blast loading.
We bring to every project highly technical teams comprising naval architects, marine systems engineers, structural engineers, hydrodynamicists, designers, amongst other disciplines, along with long-term practical experience from our large global teams of master mariners, ship superintendents and other marine professionals from seafaring backgrounds. To every defence engineering project, we bring our comprehensive knowledge of ship layout design, equipment design and the design of supporting ships’ steelwork structures, to deliver turnkey work packages.
We bring long-term maritime experience, both theoretical and practical, with highly technical engineering and design competencies, to always deliver fit-for-purpose design solutions for our clients and their projects.
All our defence engineering and design work is fully documented at every stage with full transparency to the client. We work directly with shipyards and contractors, both in the UK and overseas.
Military ship mooring and towing engineering and consulting
ABL carries out military ship mooring and towing capability assessments both for conventional vessels, alongside berths, and for non-standard operations, for instance alongside towing-at-sea in waves. We give practical advice on the design and development of mooring systems for new and existing ships, supported as required by the design and analysis of mooring equipment and ship sub-structures. We also provide assurance in mooring regulatory compliance, development of operating procedures, and forensic engineering.
Risk & assurance services for naval assets
Our team is suitably qualified and experienced to develop defence safety cases, and has delivered many multi-stakeholder HAZARD identification workshops, followed by the generation of endorsed safety case documents. We also develop safety management support systems for fleets of crafts.
As a world-leader in the provision of marine warranty survey, we are also experienced in providing the full MWS package to support critical marine operations regarding defence and navy assets and equipment at sea. Our full array of marine surveys, inspections and audits also apply to defence ships, small craft and vessels.
Small Craft Expertise
ABL group company Longitude is also experienced in key military small craft design aspects such as air transportation; air delivery; whole body vibration; autonomous operations; low weight; high speed and robustness for demanding operational roles. Our clients benefit from our expertise in the design of advanced low-weight composite structures, the assessment of existing structures, lifting structures and structural approvals. Our team has developed and trialled military launch and recovery systems, and has expertise in davit arrangements and docking ships.