Danish Naval Architects KNUD E HANSEN has formed a dedicated business unit – MARINE HVAC DESIGN – to specialise HVAC system design.
This unit will be independent of OEMS and can cover everything from acting at an early project phase in close co-operation with an operator, to 3D modelling to perform advanced detailed design.
Explaining the motivations behind setting up the new business unit, MARINE HVAC DESIGN General Manager, Stéphane Geslin, commented: “Over the past 10 years, we have grown and developed to become one of the biggest disciplines within the company. However, even with more than 30 years’ experience under our belt, our sales efforts did not match our visibility in the market. Something needed to change!
“We believe that the HVAC market needs independent experts like MARINE HVAC DESIGN. This dedicated HVAC operation will give us opportunities to show our expertise and capabilities based on our strong experience with delivering custom-made, efficient solutions that are based purely on our clients’ interests,” he said.
The establishment of the new business unit will continue the company’s extensive HVAC design capacity. Despite being a new company, MARINE HVAC DESIGN will begin activities with an already notable set of references. “Our clients come to us because they are confident in our abilities – they know that they don’t have to check twice. Our quality is well-known,” Geslin added, who has worked as Senior HVAC Engineer at Knud E Hansen for 17 years.
“Our track record clearly shows that we have the capabilities to perform high quality HVAC work. This experience also extends to the cruise sector; with our work on the ‘QM2’ and, more recently the ‘Edge’ project,” he said.
“We have carried out HVAC projects for a wide range of vessels working across the whole spectrum of the maritime industry,” explained Finn Wollesen, Knud E Hansen Managing Director. Wollesen will be responsible for the commercial direction of Marine HVAC Design.
“It is our adaptability that makes it possible for clients to come to us for support during any phase of their design, engineering or installation process. And while HVAC design assignments include newbuild vessels, they do, of course, also encompass vessel refits and conversions too.,” he said.
Throughout the design and engineering process, MARINE HVAC DESIGN will be able to implement numerous systems to increase the efficiency of a vessel’s HVAC system. These include the use of various specialist software packages to accomplish tasks such as 2D and 3D visualisations, 3D co-ordination, outfitting and steel module design, and the calculation of heat loads.