Formed in 1991, First Marine International (FMI) is a leading provider of specialist consultancy services to the marine industry. Members of our team have worked on projects in over fifty countries and were first involved together in the 1970s in the design and engineering of some of the largest and most successful shipyards in the world.

Our team provides expert advice and support in the following sectors:

  • Commercial and Naval shipbuilding
  • Ship repair, conversion and refit
  • Recycling
  • Offshore structures construction
  • Marine equipment manufacturing
  • Shipping and transportation
  • Yacht construction and refit

FMI was founded with shipyard design, shipyard performance improvement and market research as the cornerstones of our services.  These have since been complemented by others including a range of tailored services for government departments working in the naval defence sector and ship cost estimating. The services we provide are:

Market research, strategic planning and cost estimating

  • Market research and forecasting
  • Strategic business planning
  • Cost estimating and cost structure analysis
  • Marine industry and competiveness studies

Shipyard design, development and capability assessment

  • Shipyard feasibility studies
  • Facility design and development
  • Technology development
  • Shipyard process planning
  • Capacity and capability analysis

Productivity assessment and performance improvement

  • Productivity and competiveness assessment
  • Benchmarking and performance improvement
  • Skills assessment and development

Transaction support 

  • Expert witness
  • Due diligence (technical and financial)

The delivery of unusual and special projects

We are specialist industry people and do not engage in general consultancy.  Most of us have a background in shipyards or related organisations and are recognised leaders in our specialist areas.  We understand international best practice and invest in research so we can offer our clients the most up to date solutions.  We are based in the UK with offices in the USA, Germany and the Mediterranean.

Since 2008, FMI has operated as the shipyard technology and market research advisory group within Royal HaskoningDHV which is an independent, international, engineering, design and project management consultancy.  By drawing on resources across disciplines and borders within the wider company we are able to respond effectively to wide range of client needs.  For example, together with our colleagues in other areas of Royal HaskoningDHV, we can support clients through each stage of the shipyard design, construction and operation life cycle.