Energy and marine consultancy AqualisBraemar LOC Group (ABL Group) has completed the acquisition of the UK operations of ship design and marine consultancy company OSD-IMT from Damen Shipyard Group.

OSD-IMT specialises in ship design for newbuild, refit and conversion projects. The company operates in all key marine markets – including the renewables, maritime, defence and oil and gas sectors. It has launched more than 150 designs to date. Going forwards, it will become part of ABL Group company Longitude Engineering, which specialises in marine operations engineering and marine design, conversion and upgrade of specialised vessels.

“While OSD-IMT has traditionally focused more on newbuild ship design, Longitude’s legacy is rooted in specialist consultancy services including advanced analysis, hybrid power systems and procurement support. The combination is an excellent match,” said Jake Anderson, group managing director for engineering services at ABL Group and managing director of Longitude Engineering.

“With maritime decarbonisation accelerating into focus, bringing together OSD-IMT and Longitude’s portfolios in alternative fuel-powered vessel design, will significantly reinforce our offering to support a wide range of maritime stakeholders on the path to net-zero,” added Dean Goves, managing director maritime.