FKAB Marine Design

FKAB Marine Design

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.

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Gustaf Mattssons väg 2 , Uddevalla , 451 50 Sweden
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FKAB have delivered successful ship designs for over 50 years. This makes us an innovative and reliable partner from the first sketches to finished production documents and the delivered ship. Our customers are ship owners, shipyards, government agencies and energy providers all around the world.


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.

In 1961, Gustaf Mattsson Optisk Ritbyrå, later to become FKAB, was established in Uddevalla in the western part of Sweden. The basic business concept was to sell production drawings and production data for the small and medium sized shipyards in Sweden.

During the late sixties and the seventies the business grew rapidly with daughter companies established in several countries in Europe as well as in UAE and the US. During this period FKAB became a trusted partner for ship design both for ship-owners and shipyards. At the peak in the late seventies FKAB occupied more than 80 engineers in Sweden and elsewhere. At the same time FKAB:s parent company The Mattsson Group grew investing in shipyards both in Sweden and in other Scandinavian countries.

The general decline within the shipping industry during the late seventies and the eighties also influenced FKAB and the other company within the Mattsson group. Several companies was sold or liquidated and in the beginning of the nineties the only FKAB office left was the one in Uddevalla. In 1993 the bottom was reached and at that time only 22 people was occupied by FKAB.

During the rest of the nineties the business slowly turned to the better and in the mid nineties FKAB started to grow again. One important milestone for FKAB was when the Swedish ship-owner Donsötank made an order for two 18 200 DWT product/chemical tankers at the Chinese Shipyard Shanghai Edwards. FKAB, who had made the concept for these two tankers, then got the order for the basic design. This was the start of a long and prosperous cooperation between FKAB and the Chinese Shipbuilding industry.

In the beginning of the 21:st century FKAB business in China had grown to such extent that a decision was made to establish a daughter company in China. After the decision the process was short and in late 2001 Dalian FKAB Marine Engineering Co., Ltd. or DF-Marine was established in Dalian as a joint venture between FKAB, DASTEC (Dalian Shipbuilding Technology Research Centre Co., Ltd) and FSIGC “Fuijian Shipbuilding Industrial Group Corporation. A branch office in Shanghai opened beginning of 2005. In 2006 FKAB bought out FSIGC and today FKAB own 66% and DASTEC the remaining 34%. In end of 2007 DF-Marine occupied more than 70 engineers.

To be able to grow also in Sweden a new branch office was established in Gothenburg in 2007 and in end of 2007 FKAB occupied more than 40 engineers.

In the spring 2008 another big step in the development of FKAB was made when it was decided that both FKAB and DF-Marine should use a common brand name FKAB Marine Design. The main reason for this is to strengthen the international presence and to build a strong common brand for the future.