BMT Nigel Gee (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group Ltd, and a leading independent naval architecture and marine engineering design consultancy, is celebrating its latest achievement in securing its 1000th project which will involve the delivery of detailed production engineering for a ferry machinery conversion.
John Bonafoux, Managing Director of BMT Nigel Gee comments: “Reaching our 1000th project is a massive achievement and I’m extremely proud of how far we’ve come. Our first ever project seems such a long time ago now, but I still remember it well. It was a new ferry design and both Nigel Gee and I were burning the candles at both ends, ensuring the delivery of the project and ever since then the company has gone from strength to strength.”
Operating across four principal market sectors, the naval architectural practice delivers design and engineering services for specialised vessels in the commercial, yacht, defence and offshore energy markets. With 62 live projects, BMT made an exciting start to the year with current contracts equating to a total vessel length of nearly 2600m, spreading across 13 countries, over three continents. The company also recently announced the completion of new offices in Southampton to meet this large increase in design work.
John continues: “In some respects, the company seems almost unrecognisable, particularly, when you look at the changes in technology. Armed with just a golf ball typewriter and a drawing board, we used to do all of our drawings by hand in ink – a far cry from the office we work in today. Our decision to diversify into detailed production engineering 25 years ago was certainly a key step in our development, as was our strategic move into the large yacht market. Since then we have dedicated significant effort into maintaining diversity across our portfolio. Currently, 230 BMT Nigel Gee designed vessels are in service and operating around the world.”