Vessel Design & Construction

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Vessel Design

precision vessel design

Our design team is highly experienced in designing both classed and non-classed vessels in steel, aluminium and fibreglass. Our design service starts with a concept design and general arrangement (or GA), eventually developing into a detailed design and technical specification. Finally, this goes through to production and system design to ensure that the client gets precisely what they want, within the regulations. We are also able to maximise the vessel design to make best advantage of the regulations and provide the most efficient vessel possible for the client’s needs.         

Pricing & Scheduling


At SOS, we specialise in offering comprehensive solutions. These start with conceptual vessel designs to transparent turnkey pricing and delivery schedules. Our team of seasoned professionals utilizes cutting-edge technology to craft bespoke designs tailored to your specific needs. Immerse yourself in our captivating 3D rendered images, offering a glimpse into the future of maritime excellence. Whether you’re envisioning a tough workhorse, a family friendly craft or a sturdy cargo vessel, we’re dedicated to guiding you through every stage of the process with expertise and clarity.

Vessel Construction


Led by our team of surveyors, naval architects, project managers, structural, electrical, and mechanical engineers, we meticulously plan, coordinate, and manage projects from start to finish. With an extensive industry network and supply chain, we deliver turnkey projects tailored to clients’ requirements. We offer full warranties and guarantees through internationally recognised Service Agreements.

Engineering & Supervision

on-site supervision, quality assurance

Effective yard supervision is pivotal in ensuring the delivery of high-quality vessels. At our shipyards, we maintain an in-house team dedicated to overseeing every aspect of vessel construction.

At SOS, we employ skilled engineers and experienced supervisors to fulfil critical roles in vessel construction. Our team comprises of hull engineers, machinery engineers, electrical engineers, hydraulic engineers, safety superintendents and administration managers. We tailor the composition of our team to suit the specific requirements of each project, ensuring flexibility to bring in additional specialists as needed for specialised projects.

For our Australian clients, compliance with the AS3000 electrical standards is of paramount importance. To meet this requirement, we employ electrical engineers who specialise in this area and possess extensive experience with AS3000 regulations.

Project Management


At SOS, we pride ourselves on our mastery of Six Sigma methodologies, ensuring unparalleled quality and efficiency in every phase of your project. From conceptualisation to construction, our team leverages techniques and rigorous process controls to deliver results that exceed expectations.

With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to continuous improvement, we navigate the complexities of maritime engineering, guiding your project towards success while minimising risks and maximising value.

Quality & Safety Assurance


At SOS, our approach to vessel construction centers on unwavering Quality & Safety Assurance. Our Safety Superintendents and seasoned team of professionals meticulously oversees every phase of the process, ensuring strict adherence to the highest standards of excellence and safety. Through thorough planning and diligent inspections, we prioritise delivering vessels that surpass client expectations. Our commitment to quality and safety is deeply embedded within our company ethos, guiding every decision and action we take. Clients can rely on us to steer their projects with precision and reliability, offering the assurance of unparalleled quality and safety at every turn.

Accredited Surveying


At SOS, we take pride in our expertise and accreditation in surveying services tailored specifically for vessel construction projects across Australia and New Zealand. We ensure that our clients receive comprehensive and reliable surveying solutions at every stage of the construction process, with our dedicated and accredited surveyors possessing extensive knowledge and experience in maritime regulations and standards. From initial inspections to final certification, we work closely with shipyards, designers, and owners to guarantee compliance with all relevant regulations and industry standards. Our commitment to excellence and our deep understanding of the intricacies of maritime construction make us the trusted partner for ensuring the safety, quality, and compliance of vessels in these regions.

Progress Reporting


At SOS, transparency and communication are paramount during every stage of vessel design and construction. With our standard Progress Reporting, we ensure that our clients are kept informed and involved every step of the way. Whether it’s on a weekly basis or as required by the client, our detailed reports provide comprehensive insights into the progress of their vessel’s construction. From milestone achievements to any challenges encountered and their respective solutions, our reports offer a clear overview of the project’s status. We believe in fostering trust and collaboration with our clients. Our Progress Reporting system is just one of the many ways we uphold this commitment.

Managing Class & National Survey

guaranteed quality & Compliance

At SOS, we engage with and offer comprehensive management of class and national surveys for vessel construction as a key service for our clients. With a focus on regulatory compliance and industry standards, we ensure smooth execution throughout the construction process. Our experienced team delivers tailored solutions, guiding projects all the way from planning to inspection.

Efficiently managing class during vessel design and construction is a core competency at SOS. Our team is adept at navigating the intricate regulatory landscape and ensuring that all aspects of the design and construction process adhere to stringent classification standards. From inception to completion, we oversee every detail with precision and expertise. This guarantees that each vessel meets the highest levels of quality and safety. Clients can rely on SOS to deliver projects that not only meet but exceed industry standards, providing confidence in the seaworthiness and reliability of their vessels.

Delivery Compliance

smooth & seamless Delivery

At SOS, we bring to our clients a wealth of experience and efficient compliance procedures for vessel delivery, ensuring a smooth and seamless process from start to finish. We navigate national and provincial customs clearances, manage quarantine protocols and inspections and handle the intricate details. Consequently, our dedicated team is well-equipped to handle every aspect of the process. With deep knowledge of the complex regulatory environment, we assure efficient and hassle-free operations. Our comprehensive approach means clients can rely on us to manage all compliance requirements swiftly and effectively, freeing them to concentrate on their core objectives with confidence.

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