Past Projects 2

AMT Marine

Keel Marine assisted with the refit of a cruise liner in Cadiz, Spain. The vessel was in dry dock for a complete overhaul and upgrade with a Keel Marine representative onsite to aid the installation of the ‘Return to Port’ system should the engine or propulsion rooms be affected by adverse circumstances.

System drawings were produced for the auxiliary generator installation and backup systems including fuel oil, cooling water and air start system along with foundations and seating designs for all the equipment.


RRS Discovery Replacement

The Royal Research Ship (RRS) Discovery represents a £75 million investment in ocean science. RRS James Cook, previously accepted into service in 2006, and together they will form one of the most modern research vessel fleets in operation anywhere in the world, maintaining the UK’s capability to work at the frontier of ocean research.

Keel Marine Naval Architects were part of the Plan Approval and Build Supervision Team that ensured NERC received the vessel on time and meeting to the demanding performance specification.

John Keelty

It is with regret that we announce the passing away on 31st December 2014 of John Keelty one
of the founding members of Keel Marine. Colin Crimp has set up a web site in memory of John where you can read about his successful life and achievements, and also leave your memories of a true gentleman who was respected by all who came into contact with him Please follow this link

John Keelty



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Windfarm Support Vessel

Keel Marine in conjunction with East Coast Charters Ltd designed an 18m Windfarm Support Vessel for use in Offshore Windfarms.

The Vessel has been designed to the UK MCA Workboat Code, Category 2 enabling operations up to 60 nautical miles from a safe haven and is to be constructed fully from marine grade Aluminium.

Vessel Specifications:

- LOA: 18.0m

- Beam: 7.5m

- Lightship: 30 tonnes

- Max Speed: 27 knots

- Passengers: 12

- Cargo: 10,000ltrs MDO

- Material: Marine Grade Aluminium

- Flag: UK, MCA Workboat Code Category 2

Pegasus 5

Pre-purchase survey of ‘Pegasus 5’ an 80m Mega Yacht based in Fort Lauderdale,


Pegasus 5

Rio Tinto Supervision

Keel Marine Ltd undertook the Supervision Contract for Rio Tinto's order of Post Panamax that were built at the Namura Shipyard, Japan. As well as the Supervision of 2 combination carrier CABUs at Oshima Shipyard, Japan. Post Panamax RTM Dias and RTM Flinders and CABU  RTM DHAMBUL RTM DJULPAN are now in service

RTM Dias launch







Maritime Journal's launch article

Land & Water - 8m River Tug


On 19th October 2011 Keel Marine Ltd supervised the launch of the in-house designed 8.0m River Tug for Land & Water, as well as carrying out an inclining experiment on the new vessel.

Land & Water will primarily use the tug for transporting barges, debris collection and weed removal on the Thames. The vessel has a 2 tonne bollard pull delivered by means of a retractable thruster on the transom that is powered via a central based powerpack.

Keel Marine Ltd have been involved in the project from the initial concept design, carrying out demanding stability calculations and completing the detailed structural design all within stringent weight restrictions.





Typical condition of propeller blade silicon coating.


Keel Marine recently attended what could be the last ever refit of 2 of the ageing ‘B’ boats which are membrane type LNG carriers operated by IMR Shell Marine Operations based in Brunei.

SS BILIS and SS BUBUK were refitted in the MHI dockyard at Honmoku, Yokohama in Japan over a total period of 30 days each. Keel Marines’ Senior Surveyor was on site for just over 2 weeks on each vessel overseeing external hull coating works and water ballast tank steelwork repairs which were required to retain the CAP 2 status of the Vessels.

Of particular interest was the condition of the Silicon coatings on the propellers of the vessels. Detachment and deterioration of the coating on both pressure and suction sides of the blades was approaching 30% of the blade area. After due discussion with the paint manufacturers on site technician it was decided to completely remove the existing coating and apply a new coating from bare metal. Removal of existing coatings was achieved by UHP water blasting on the first Vessel which was not entirely satisfactory as not all traces of coatings were removed at the first attempt. Consequently it was decided to use dry ‘garnet’ blasting on the second Vessel which achieved a far higher standard of finish at the first attempt. More importantly from the Owners perspective approximately 1½ days was saved using ‘garnet’ blasting.

M.V. Tetien Trader

Attendance of our Senior Surveyor at Drydocking to assist the Company Superintendent with supervision and cost control of all Structural repairs/upgrades and Hull coatings. Also to progress structural surveys required by the Classification Society (LRS) to commence the 2nd Special Survey.

Full hull coating works and propeller removal / replacement were achieved within a 4 day period in the floating dock.


MT Tetien Trader






Keel Marine Ltd purchased the Paramarine software from QinetiQ GRC. Paramarine is a comprehensive naval architecture package that will be used in the design and analysis of future projects. This addition enhances Keel Marine Ltd's suite of software and will be used alongside Solid Works and Keel Marine’s in house developed software.

The Paramarine product suite enables rapid concept design and development, eliminating costly data transfer between numerous analysis products. It’s a fully automated 3D naval architecture program that will assist our Naval Architects with design, stability and resistance calculations.

This excellent software will enhance Keel Marine's capabilities enabling us to deliver more efficient, cost effective solutions to our clients.

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