FKAB - Marine Design Solutions

Delivering successful ship designs for nearly 60 years!

Our Marine Design partner is delivering high-end designs starting from first concept ideas to contract specifications and full basic design with option fill detailed designs.

About FKAB

FKAB is an independent Marine Engineering Company, mainly active in the Marine and Shipbuilding Industry. We work internationally with offices in both Sweden and China.

In 1961 Gustaf Mattsson established his marine design company in the harbor town of Uddevalla on the west coast of Sweden. Today FKAB operates all over the world and has nearly 60 years of experience of maritime design. Looking to the future, we see new challenges and possibilities everywhere for the shipping industry. Globalization, new technology and new information for sustainable shipping create a whole new scenario for marine technology and design. FKAB Marine Design is in the forefront.

What we offer is advanced and wide skills in design and project-handling for marine construction and other marine undertakings. Our offices in Sweden and China are strategically placed for the delivery of a complete range of marine consultancy services.


Innovation for us means including good ideas and new thinking in advanced and competitive marine design. A continuous and fruitful dialogue with the client is of prime importance, regardless of the project’s size. Our ideas are realized through technological know-how and our understanding of the environment and new demands on the shipping industry.


We love the sea, ships and what we do. Everyone in our offices in Uddevalla, Göteborg, and Shanghai is loyal and devoted to marine design. Our personnel is engineers, economists, project-leaders and other experts who are familiar with all aspects of the marine industry. Our teams are problem-solvers with a perfect result and the client’s best in mind.


FKAB has delivered successful ship designs for nearly 60 years. Our portfolio of proven ships sailing the oceans of the world is proof of our professional strength. Clients can rely on our experience, our dedication and capacity to deliver high quality, on time.

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Check with us of the vast experience in marine design for your project:

  • Chemical & Product Tankers

  • Gas Carriers

  • Bitumen

  • Transport Ferries

  • Dry Cargo

  • Dredging

  • Small & Special Purpose 

  • Ballast Water Treatment 

  • Ballast Free Vessels

Matau-Marine is representing FKAB - Marine AB exclusively in Germany and we are happy to see the constantly growing number of projects and satisfied customers! 

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Green Ship Design

We can assist you in understanding your Green Potential! 

Our experienced naval architects and engine experts will assess the potentials.

Suggestions on the basis of feasibility studies as well as full detailed retrofit designs are possible.

Ship Design Stages

Learn about the different stages. We are supporting you throughout the whole process with our knowledge, expertise and experience! 

Feasibility study

A thorough feasibility study is often a critical factor for the future success of a project. We visualize and formulate ideas for a preliminary marine design. A convincing presentation, based on reliable facts and figures, is our goal in the development of a feasibility study.

Concept design

A concept design is a revised development of the feasibility design and main dimensions. The result of a concept design is a GA and a specification that is detailed enough for a shipyard to be able to tender an estimate. This allows the ship-owner to make a decision on investment or to present the concept to investors and other interested parties.

Contract design

A contract design follows on from the concept design and gives the customer an adequately detailed basis for a new-building contract with the shipyard to be signed. During this phase results of previous work can be established and the shipyard can quote a fixed price.

FKAB is your basic design partner during contact with authorities and classification societies. We do all calculations and studies necessary, provide projections and documents, and act as mediators. We have long experience of close cooperation with Swedish and with international yards. We can assist with everything regarding drawings and documents required by authorities and classification societies.

Detail design

During the detail design stage we quickly and efficiently produce complete designs, project support, calculations and design visualizations. Effective detail design is particularly important with regard to re-building, special constructions and smaller projects.
The construction of ships for the future demands a logistical holistic approach as well as optimization of energy efficiency and reduction of environmental impact. Within FKAB Marine Design we work with solutions for enhancing the overall performance of ships, reducing the environmental footprint, new and more environment-friendly fuels and designs that reduce fuel consumption and improve both the load capacity and the cargo handling capacity.

A vessel is also a workplace where ergonomics, occupational health and safety are important factors. We design vessels that allow people to develop and thrive in their jobs.

The FKAB designs are the essence of our company. They demonstrate our abilities and flexibility when it comes to ship design. All designs shown under the different categories below are designed by FKAB. Most of them are also owned by FKAB and fully available to any client. If you find any of these designs interesting, please contact us for more information.