Who is a naval architect

The definition of a naval architect is a qualified individual that has studied the subject area of naval architectural engineering. Through gaining the appropriate qualification in which area, the individual become a specialist within naval architecture and adopts the title ‘naval architect’. The scope of responsibilities for a naval architect is broad in scope.

Responsibilities of a naval architect

The responsibilities that fall under the remit of a naval architect range from initial vessel design, to its construction and continued maintenance. A naval architect is technically an engineer within the marine field, and as such, their area of specialism is broad in scope and incubuses the design and construction of all offshore structures and vessels within the marine industry.

Typically, a naval architect’s services will be hired for marine vessel research, and the design and construction of vessels and shipyards. Marine regulatory bodies and other classification societies within the marine industry may also enlist the services of a qualified and reputable naval architect for a number of matters.

A naval architect will provide specialist services to a range of commercial,  private and military marine vessels, including;

  • Merchant ships i.e. container ships and oil tankers
  • Cruise ships, passenger, vehicle and cargo ferries
  • Submarines
  • Icebreakers
  • Warships including aircraft carriers and frigates
  • High speed water crafts including hovercrafts
  • Yachts of all sizes and uses
  • Offshore platforms

A naval architect is responsible for ensuring the vessels he designs, constructs, and maintains are compliant with appropriate health and safety regulations, marine industry standards and any other jurisdictional maritime legislation.