Marine Structural Engineering
An Integrated Approach to Marine Structures

MCA Inspects, Analyzes—Then Develops Practical Solutions for—the Marine Industry's Most Complex Structural Problems.

Resolving Marine Structural Problems
Our structural engineers and naval architects utilize state-of-the-art computational hydrodynamics and finite element analysis codes supplemented by a suite of in-house-developed, pre- and post-processing programs to assess structural adequacy from the standpoints of:

  • Strength
  • Buckling
  • Fatigue
  • Fracture Mechanics
Working stress, LRFD or reliability-based results are presented in a clear and concise manner which results in the efficient development of Level 2 and 3 engineering drawings suitable for bidding or fabrication.


Augmenting Theory With Real-Life Experience
Familiarity with typical problematic structural details enables us to provide prompt, accurate design evaluation. Because our professional background includes everything from analytical research to hands-on field inspections, our solutions are practical and cost-effective.


Key MCA Accomplishments
Since 1972, MCA has developed and performed many unique structural analyses that have been complimented by a diverse range of innovative solutions:

  • DLA and spectral fatigue analysis of a new 125,000 DWT tanker
  • Member of a tanker fleet ready-response team
  • Developed a unique spectral fatigue analysis procedure for TAPS-Trade tankers
  • Completed ABS SAFEHULLTM analysis for multiple ships
  • Implemented realistic inspection intervals through fracture mechanics
  • Participated in conversion of drilling vessels
  • Designed and analyzed key components of the Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) project
  • Analyzed and designed components of Sub-Sea Production System (SPS) used for deep sea petroleum production
  • Participated in Concrete Island Drilling System (CIDS) design and review
  • Pioneered telescopic modeling techniques used in the FEA of ship structures
  • Stem-to-stern structural analysis of more than ten tankers and product carriers, beginning with hydrodynamic loads from CFD codes
  • Developed Navy patented NAVMOOR embedment anchors
  • Mooring analysis of several tanker classes at several West Coast unloading facilities
  • Oversight and fundamental research on the US Navy's Mobile Offshore Base (MOB)

MCA's Watchwords:
MCA Consultants has successfully pioneered innovative methodologies and tools in marine structural analysis and design. We deliver straight-line solutions to complex challenges. Results are constructible plans whose projects complete on time, within budget and satisfy a growing list of repeat clients. Our watchwords are:

  • Quality
  • Efficiency
  • Budget
  • Practicality
  • Innovation
  • Schedule

Client List:
  • ABS
  • Alaska Tanker Company
  • Polar Tankers
  • Marathon Oil
  • SeaRiver
  • Chevron
  • Maersk
  • Matson
  • Military Sealift Command
  • Avondale Shipbuilding
  • NASSCO Shipbuilding
  • Global Marine Drilling Co.
  • Santa Fe Drilling Company
  • Newport News Shipbuilding