Chief Naval Architect
Andy Kimber - Chief Naval Architect
Andy Kimber joined BMT Defence Services in 1990 and took the role of Chief Naval Architect in 2012, where he heads the Surface Ships Team within the Naval Architecture department. He was a member of the CVF Ship Design Team between 1999 and 2002 and the MOD's Sustained Surface Combatant Capability Pathfinder Project in 2006 to 2007. He also led the teams associated with the hydrodynamics and hullform development, general arrangement, ship/air interface for both STOVL & CV designs and outfit.
Andy's experience covers a wide range of activities including warship, auxiliary vessel and submarine design, stability assessment, resistance and propulsion assessments, seakeeping, structure design, ship/air interface for rotary and fixed wing aircraft, ship surveys and has undertaken numerous inclining experiments. Through a number of design studies he is also familiar with many aspects of marine engineering and weapon system / topside integration.
He specialises in leading teams in the development of concept and preliminary designs across a broad range of vessels types. Recent studies include the development of the Aegir Auxiliary Oiler family of designs, options analysis studies for the Future Surface Combatant and the Tanker Capability Gap, a Fastship Technologies Study, developing a double hull conversion package for an RFA vessel, stability improvement studies for Type 22 frigates and a feasibility study into the use of heavy lift motherships.
Andy has led a number of R&D activities for BMT including studies into Future Repair and
Maintenance ship concepts, fleet tanker design concepts, future non-fossil fuel alternatives for warships and flexible minor warship concepts.