Foreship has marked its 20th anniversary with a publication celebrating its achievements.
This includes a sharp upturn in design and project management work for the cruise sector.
The Finnish-based naval architecture and marine engineering company said that its core cruise ship workload had staged a spectacular comeback through 2022, following a significant slowdown during the height of Covid-19.
“Having weathered the pandemic, Foreship is re-energised for growth at a time when shelved refurbishment work is being revived and owners are once more in the market for new project work,” said Lauri Haavisto, Foreship Managing Director.
“This year, we have revitalised our US presence with a new management team overseeing owner relations and regional project management, while we also recently established an office in the UK to liaise directly with our customers’ local technical staff.”
As a result, Foreship now has nine offices worldwide, including one on either coast of the US.
From its foundation, Haavisto said that Foreship’s appeal lay both in its independence and its ability to offer a full range of services extending from the pre-contract stage, through design and construction – including third party reviews – to delivery.
As its new publication reflects, cruise references have included some of the highest profile ships built in the last 20 years, and over 1,200 ship conversions.
“Over that time we have amassed vast and unrivalled databases of weight and other statistics, and model test results, which have come to provide a specific edge in our ability to verify the feasibility of projects,” Haavisto added.
Co-founders Markus Aarnio (Chief Naval Architect) and Marcus Höglund (Head of HR and Quality Management) are still part of the senior management team. Both are strongly committed to passing on their knowledge and expertise to next generation of professionals.
Driven by a mission to turn client ideas and ambitions into reality, Haavisto said a growing part of Foreship’s work is focused on alternative energy sources and the fuels shipping needs to meet its greenhouse gas obligations.
Live projects include design and installation work for methanol, a feasibility study on installing systems to run ammonia as fuel, and offering a technical lead on hydrogen fuel cells.
Foreship has also undertaken 34 projects covering zero-emission shipboard battery systems, ranging from feasibility studies and risk assessments to mature projects demanding battery sizing, stability assessments, design of shipboard spaces, and installation project management.
It is currently overseeing installation of the largest-ever zero emission battery system on board a cruise ship.
“Today, shipping’s need for independent naval architecture, marine engineering and technical consultancy services is perhaps greater than ever before, given the challenge posed for our industry by de-carbonisation,” said Haavisto.
“In 2022, we are convinced that our pioneering work in helping the cruise industry deploy lower carbon fuels, zero emission batteries, hydrogen fuel cells and shore power is creating the opportunity for Foreship to become a leading technology partner to shipping as a whole on de-carbonisation.”
As part of its US growth, Foreship has appointed Brendan Harris as Director, Project Management Services, Foreship LLC.
Harris will be based at Foreship’s Seattle offices and take responsibility for driving regional growth in the group’s ship refurbishment project management, focusing on the fast-returning demand in the cruise sector and opportunities in the ferry market.
He joins Foreship from BC Ferry Services, where he oversaw a substantial fleet overhaul and upgrade and developed new quality control processes for fleet capital improvements.
Prior to this, as Senior Project Manager, Vessel Refurbishment, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCHL), he took responsibility for more than $300 mill in NCL vessel drydockings, with notable projects including the ‘westernisation’ of ’Norwegian Joy’ and the ‘Norwegian Spirit’ refurbishments.