Danish Naval Architectural firm KNUD E. HANSEN has announced the formation of a dedicated business unit – MARINE HVAC DESIGN – that will specialise in the design of HVAC systems for the maritime market. This unit will be independent from equipment makers and can cover everything from acting at an early project phase in close cooperation with an operator, up to 3D modelling to perform advanced detailed design.
Explaining the motivations behind setting up the new business unit, MARINE HVAC DESIGN General Manager Stéphane Geslin comments: “Over the past 10 years, we have grown and developed to become one of the biggest disciplines within the company. However, even with more than 30 years’ experience under our belt, our sales efforts did not match our visibility in the market. Something needed to change!
“We believe that the HVAC market needs independent experts like MARINE HVAC DESIGN. This dedicated HVAC operation will give us opportunities to show our expertise and capabilities based on our strong experience with delivering custom-made, efficient solutions that are based purely on our clients’ interests.”
Taking pride in the portfolio
The establishment of MARINE HVAC DESIGN will continue KNUD E. HANSEN’s extensive HVAC design capacity. As such, despite being a new company, MARINE HVAC DESIGN will begin activities with an already notable set of references. “Our clients come to us because they are confident in our abilities – they know that they don’t have to check twice. Our quality is well- known,” adds Mr. Geslin, who has worked as Senior HVAC Engineer at KNUD E. HANSEN for 17 years.
“Our track record clearly shows that we have the capabilities to perform high quality HVAC work. For example, we are very proud of our work in the defence and security sector, including the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carrier and type 26 Frigate for the UK Ministry of Defence. This experience also extends to the cruise sector; with our work on the QM2 and, more recently the Edge project.”
Broad scope of HVAC activities
MARINE HVAC DESIGN will operate using the same principles of client-focus and versatility that have earned KNUD E. HANSEN its renown in this particular field of expertise. “We have carried out HVAC projects for a wide range of vessels working across the whole spectrum of the maritime industry,” says Finn Wollesen, Managing Director of KNUD E. HANSEN. Mr. Wollesen will be responsible for the commercial direction of Marine HVAC Design.
“It is our adaptability that makes it possible for clients to come to us for support during any phase of their design, engineering or installation process. And while HVAC design assignments include newbuild vessels, they do, of course, also encompass vessel refits and conversions too.”
Throughout the design and engineering process, MARINE HVAC DESIGN will be able to implement numerous tools to increase the efficiency of a vessel’s HVAC system. This includes the utilisation of various specialised software packages to accomplish tasks such as 2D and 3D visualisations, 3D coordination, outfitting and steel module design, and the calculation of heat loads.
MARINE HVAC DESIGN will be headquartered in Elsinore, Denmark at KNUD E. HANSEN’s headquarters.