“As a multidisciplinary bureau, we have deep and broad expertise to execute even the most complex engineering projects. We are the largest independent design and consulting office,” Hirsimäki says.
He said cruise-ship design is heading in an excellent direction. Cruise ships are complex entities, and Elomatic either designs them independently or in collaboration with qualified partners.
Elomatic’s most recent cruise ship contracts are connected to the second Global-class cruise vessel being built by the German shipyard MV Werften for Star Cruises. With a gross tonnage of approximately 200,001, the vessel is among the world’s largest cruise ships.
The new-build project is due for completion in 2020, and Elomatic’s EUR 17 million contract covers basic design and, systems engineering, detail design and technical support at the shipyard.
Strict regulations are good for the industry
Ship projects take a long time and require major investments. How can this be reconciled with the stricter constraints imposed by the authorities or new and emerging technologies?
“The shipping industry has long been aware of things like the upcoming IMO’s emission limits and the Ballast Water Management Convention, for which the transition period was extended,”
Hirsimäki said. “The IMO is a specialized agency of the UN, backed by all maritime operators and flag states. The IMO’s projects are very important for everyone within the maritime industry.
“It is good when stricter agreements and new technologies emerge because they mean more sustainable shipping more work for designers and engineers.” He does not deny that certain parties may be milking every last drop out of the extended transition periods they have demanded.
Cadmatic offers 3D-modelling software for ship and plant design. This software was originally developed by Elomatic, but it was Cadmatic that brought it to a global prominence.
“We have really good user-developer relationship with Cadmatic. We are keen to use Cadmatic’s software but if a customer wants us to use other tools, we can do that as well,” explains Hirsimäki.
Elomatic Group’s net sales in 2018 increased by 12% to more than EUR 81 million. During the financial period, the company recruited 162 new employees, bringing its workforce to more than 950.
Elomatic will continue actively recruiting personnel next year in order to meet the needs of an expanding order book.