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About Mainstay Marine Solutions

Mainstay Marine Solutions carries on a long legacy of boat building in South West Wales. Their capabilities are showcased in the pilot boats, patrol boats, wind farm support vessels, workboats, passenger vessels and tidal energy devices, recently launched and in build.

SSI client Mainstay Marine Solutions, (formerly Mustang Marine) presented a paper at the ICCAS 2013 conference in Busan, Korea regarding how the company’s skillful utilization of features in ShipConstructor combined with careful design practices resulted in a 25% reduction in build time hours.

Sample Projects:

•    Ribworker 
•    Self-Righting RIB 

Benefits to Smaller Companies

Nesting Advantages

Mainstay Marine’s ICCAS paper highlights multiple ways that ShipConstructor has increased productivity. For instance, the paper says, “The plate development capability of this software and the ability to nest parts into kits has reduced production hours significantly in relation to the requirement for traditional lofting techniques.”

Right the First Time in Construction

Mainstay also highlights how ShipConstructor’s capabilities for the detailing of assembly drawings enable production staff to follow a “right the first time” principle in construction, thus avoiding costly and time-consuming rework.

Sometimes smaller organizations question the productivity gains of adopting enterprise-class software such as ShipConstructor, but Mainstay Marine Solutions is a perfect illustration of how the skillful application of computer-aided design and production processes using our solutions can result in a significant benefit.

Darren Larkins, SSI co-CEO

Libraries of Standard Parts

Furthermore, Mainstay Marine also derives benefit from using libraries in ShipConstructor that allow younger staff to utilize “Standard Parts” created by more experienced members of the design team.

Implementation and Integration

The authors of the paper go on to talk about details of implementing the CAD system including integration with other products such as MRP and Accounting as well as other Autodesk software products. These details could prove to be instructive to other companies in similar situations.


SSI prides itself on the fact that ShipConstructor is more scalable than any other competing shipbuilding software on the market, making it the only product suitable for clients with differing budget sizes, differing workforce skills and abilities, differing infrastructure environments, and differing project types and sizes.

Improved Efficiency

Even on small projects with relatively low volume production runs, Mustang Marine has realized the value of using ShipConstructor’s industry specific CAD/CAM software solution. The company says that ShipConstructor allows Mustang to reduce lead times and reduce costs through improved efficiency, increased control of the design/build process and faster response to customer requirements.

Enhanced Quality

After the adoption of ShipConstructor, Mustang noticed a vast increase in product quality resulting from the considerably improved level of design control, reduced tolerances, and build strategy control. These improvements dramatically reduced distortion due to welding the aluminum hulls.


Download Mainstay’s paper to see more about how ShipConstructor can help a small company do big things.

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