Meet Intercon Articulated Tug Barge Connector

Meet the Intercon AT/B connector system. A beautiful piece of engineering used to connect tugs and barges for inland and coastal trade.

Stability Fails at Seakeeping

Stability and seakeeping are frequently misunderstood. To understand the limits of these sciences, we must unveil the motivation behind their development. How to guarantee ship safety on an uncertain ocean?

Hydrodynamics and Hull Design

A refined hull shape epitomizes the link between tradition and science. When we link the science of ship design with the experience of past ships, we identify the successes and isolate previous failures. This article glimpses into the background of hydrodynamics by exploring the link between the science of Bernoulli’s equation and the shape of ship hulls.

Video: Selecting the Right Hullform

Monohull, catamaran, trimaran . . . so many choices. Which hullform to pick? Can we draw upon any science to guide our choices, or we beg Lady Luck to guide us? This article provides a rational and design map for selecting hullforms applicable to any type of mission. This organized approach allows us to see past the limitations of historic examples and consider new alternatives.

How Many Tons in a Pound?

How man tons in a pound? When ships weigh thousands of tons, you really need to know which type of ton. So take five minutes and get clarity on the esoteric measurements of ship design.

Imagine Your Ship Without Limits

We Improve Your Vessel Operating Limits

Vessels are hampered by limitations everywhere.  For example:  cargo limits to maintain ship stability, crane limits to prevent dropping the load, structural limits to avoid breaking the ship.  Limits restrict vessel operations and restrain your business.  They permeate every aspect of commercial vessels.

DMS sees potential instead of limits.  We improve your business by pushing against vessel operating limits.  By conducting our own targeted research and development, DMS cultivates the science to push back boundaries and achieve more.  At DMS, we challenge you to see beyond the current restrictions of your ship.  Instead, ask what vessel capabilities you require to achieve your business goals.  DMS can help you achieve those goals.

Automation Achieves More

DMS believes in continuous improvement for ships, and for our own business.  We employ computer automation to constantly improve efficiency on a wide scope of tasks.  Computer automation can reduce the time (and cost) of a task from weeks down to days.  This lowers your total cost and allows more time for the engineers to focus on those critical stages that can’t be automated.  Let the engineers search for improvements to your vessel, and let the computers run the math.  Then everyone wins. 

The advantages of automation allow DMS to dive deeper into expanding your vessel capabilities.  We can rapidly revise the design and try several solutions.  This allows more room for creativity and fitting our solutions into your business needs.  At DMS, engineers do more than perform math and process spreadsheets.  We imagine a better future for your vessel and your business. 

Extraordinary Solutions

Automation does not limit us to just the routine work.  Occasionally, we all want something truly unique.  In these cases, DMS offers premium services to break ground and exceed expectations.  This includes advanced services like:

  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Genetic optimization of concept designs
  • Composite material engineering

We give you the freedom to imagine a better option.  But you still benefit from our groundwork in efficiency driven design.  Many premium projects include large portions of routine engineering.  We save cost on the routine, leaving you more budget to focus on the extraordinary.

You Call the Shots

At DMS, we work closely with the foremost expert for your vessel:  you.  We don’t force you into one vessel class.  Instead, we design to match your business.  No one else understands your business needs better than yourself.  We invest the time to break out of preconceptions and customize each vessel as the best asset in your business arsenal.  You get to decide what matters, and we listen.

 This focus on your needs also eliminates many crew frustrations.  The vessel operators and managers demonstrate an instinctive expertise that we gratefully utilize.  The little details matter.  Sea yarns transform into design suggestions.  Your suggestions turn into design improvements.  Efficient ship designs revolve around efficient crew.  At DMS, the design process revolves around the end user, you

Your Advisor and Partner

DMS develops partnerships with our clients, based on mutual respect.  Long before our clients need our services, we offer free education about ship design topics.  Informed clients are better armed to make the best decisions.  And we listen.  We ask about your business and ships; we try to anticipate your needs.  Our partnerships grow from respect, not a mere exchange of money. 

And DMS will be ready to help on your next challenge.  We offer engineering services, free educational articles, and more.  Contact us for free general advice or project plans to prepare for your future needs.  At DMS, every ship deserves a better future. 


Datawave Marine Solutions took the time to understand our project and worked with us to develop an analysis package that fit our budget and our engineering needs. Reports were detailed with high quality graphics, data limitations summarized in plain English, and most importantly – everything was delivered in a timely manner. 

Calendar Marine

I’ve known Nicholas for a few years professionally and he is extremely knowledgeable in many aspects of Naval Architecture, FEA, CFD, programming and engineering in general.  Every time I have spoken to him I learn something new, so he is constantly improving his skills (if you follow him you learn from his posts).  If I were looking for a consultant in his field, I’d definitely hire him.

Dan Combest

Sr. CFD Engineer, Manager, Engys