Commercial Ship Design Solutions

Paramarine - Commercial Ship Design Software

Paramarine is used by leading commercial ship designers, naval architects and ship yards. Its advanced design capabilities are built upon the Siemens PLM ParasolidTM solid modeller, which provides much of the geometric detail required to enable the accurate analytical capabilities - as well as providing excellent geometric exchange with other CAD systems such as NX and Foran.

Paramarine for Pre-Contract Design

Paramarine uses a functional building block approach for advanced design. This enables designers to examine the impact of 3D layout of their vessel from the early stages of design in a total visual way. It allows the designer to rapidly define their concept design, assess the weight and space balance and then use the full breadth of analysis in an integrated way.

Paramarine's integrated nature means that there is no time lost in translation between different packages and no risk of data loss or corruption.

Pre contract design in Paramarine can be performed on different levels, starting with a handful of blocks, building up to a complex model of several hundred as the design maturity increases. Using the building block approach helps the designer to understand the design drivers and risks then explore them and make informed decisions.

Paramarine can take the concept design a stage further by using its parametric nature and perform design space exploration, producing literally thousands of concepts.


Using QinetiQ MDS's 20 years of design experience, Paramarine has a wealth of analysis all in one integrated product.

  • Stability - Paramarine can handle the complex issues that commercial ships pose, from critical KG curves to intermediate stages of flooding.
  • Manoeuvring - linear derivative prediction and a full six degree of freedom manoeuvring simulation.
  • Powering and Endurance - Naked hull effective power estimation combined with a unique energy based approach to endurance captures the requirements of the most demanding commercial ships operational profile.

"I believe that in today's world of ship design, the use of the very best software tools is fundamental to being able to deliver a first-class service to clients. At the same time, the ability for the software solutions I use to be fully integrated is critical, both in terms of saving time and ensuring accuracy - hence my use of QinetiQ GRC's Paramarine."
Felix Muhlhoff - Founder and owner, Ingenieurburo Muhlhoff