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Naval Architecture

Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. is a naval architecture and marine engineering firm offering a wide range of design, engineering and analysis services. Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. utilizes state of the art computer modeling and design tools in concert with time honored design practices to develop innovative and functional designs that meet our customers' diverse requirements. 

Naval architecture is the heart of our business. The field of naval architecture focuses on the design of floating structures. These can be barges (i.e. non self propelled vessels), tugboats, passenger vessels, ships, oil platforms or yachts. The science of naval architecture centers on hull design, both from a hydrostatic and hydrodynamic vantage, and also from an arrangement and structural standpoint. This can include strength and stability analyses, and also resistance and performance prediction studies. Many other design and engineering efforts required for vessel construction are also performed by Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., and can be found under the tabs for Marine Engineering and Project Consulting.

Our naval architects are graduates of University of Michigan, Webb Institute, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and University of Southampton. Many of Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.’s naval architects have Master’s degrees in addition to their Bachelor’s degrees in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, and three have Professional Engineering Licenses. We pride ourselves on our attention to detail and ability to listen to our clients’ needs, and to deliver on those requirements. 




Specific services include:

  • Hull Design
  • Appendage Design
  • Structural Design
  • Structural Analysis
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Hydrostatic Analysis
  • Stability Analysis
  • Performance Prediction
  • Resistance Calculations
  • Model Testing, program design and execution
  • Seakeeping Analysis
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Weight Estimating
  • Deadweight Surveys
  • Stability Tests (inclining experiments)
  • Tonnage Calculations