In 2006 IMT Marine Consultants were acquired by a Dutch company and became part of Offshore Ship Designers.

IMT has become a byword in the field of ERRVs. They designed what may have been the first purpose built standby vessels The Scott Guardian and the Trafalgar Guardian for the then North Sea Operators, Amerada Hess and Enterprise Oil and have over the years developed seven different types of standby vessel. They have also branched out into the design of platform ships, mainly for the Aberdeen company, North Star, and significantly, designed the field support vessel for Vector which form the backbone of the BP “Jigsaw” scheme. Like most designers they have vessels in their portfolio which have yet to see the light of day. These include a couple of impressive platform ships and a diving vessel.

They have developed an anchor-handler for Swire Pacific, ten of which have been built. These vessels are probably unique in that they are intended to be capable of transiting the inland waterways from the Black Sea to the Caspian without major modification.

Possibly their familiarity with the requirements for the Russian inland waterway transit, incidentally a fascinating subject in itself, was due to their conversion work on the seismic vessel Geco Gamma which they undertook on behalf of BUE Caspian Ltd. This involved the removal of the upperworks and the addition of sponsons to ensure the required air draft and water draught.

In the field of general naval architecture the company has carried out other notable contracts, including modifications to the semi-submersible pipelayer Castoro Sei and upgrades to the Neftegaz 62 and the Rioni.

IMT Marine Consultants was initiated in 1989 and operate from offices in the North of the UK and in Devon. One is at Montrose south of Aberdeen, another is close to the city of York and a third is close to the former shipyard at Appledore. Their corporate information suggests that the Montrose office is made up of expertise resulting from to closing of shipyards in Aberdeen, Leith and Dundee, the personnel in the York office came mainly from Cochrane Shipbuilders which it may be remembered built some of the early Seaforth vessels as well as one of the Star Offshore platform ships in the 1980s, and the of course the team at Appledore are made up from the expertise which became available when that ship yard was put into administration and reborn to carry out entirely different work from that which it had previously undertaken.

Indeed it tends to be forgotten in a world which has been dominated for years by the Norwegians that many of the early supply ship designs were British, and that Cochranes and Drypool Engineering built a number of then state of the art vessels for British ship-owners.

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