The following is a summary of some larger projects Schwetz Design has been involved in, since 1995.


Schwetz Design was subcontracted by Austal Ships between 1995 to 2000. Involved in over 40 projects ranging from 30m passenger ferries to 90m car ferries, and even cruise liners, Schwetz Design was responsible for the design of many aspects of these vessels, including :
  • Structural design
  • Bow/stern doors
  • Vehicle Ramps
  • Hydraulic Systems
  • Anchor winches
  • Capstans
  • Cranes/davits
  • Hydraulic Mechanisms
  • Finite Element Analysis
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Hotel shower systems
  • Sullage systems
  • Fuel systems
  • Bilge systems
  • Shafting and Steering
  • Launching Devices
  • Jet and Engine Installations
Nearly all designs were to the rules of international survey authorities such as DNV, BV, GL.

Built by Austal Ships in 1999, Draupner was one of two, 40m catamaran ferries built for Norway. Schwetz Design was involved in designing the engineering systems on board both these vessels.

Rivage Martineque was the first cruise ship designed and built by Austal Ships and the first vessel built for compliance with SOLAS rules. 60m in length with 34 cabins for 80 passengers, this vessel is best described as a 'floating hotel'. Schwetz Design was involved in designing the engineering systems onboard this vessel.

Built in 2000 in Tasmania, this 62m Steel Car Ferry was designed by Seward Maritime. Schwetz Design was subcontracted to design numerous engineering systems including the vehicle deck sprinkler system, fire systems, cooling systems, bow, the stern door and the mezzanine vehicle ramps.
Built and designed by North West Bay Ships, Triumphant was the world's first trimaran ferry, boasting a 25% savings in power when compared to similar catamarans. Schwetz Design was contracted to design the passenger decks automatic sprinkler system, for full compliance with the DNV's demanding HSLC code. To solve this complicated flow network problem an in-house computer program was written using the Newton-Raphson method, to solve a set of non-linear equations describing the flow/pressure characteristics of the system.
Schwetz Design was contracted by Wavemaster International to modify their range of standard ferries for full compliance with the new HSC2000 code. The stability requirements are quite stringent in the new code. In many cases the vessels are still required to float after completely damaging 100% of the hull bottom (to simulate a collision with a shallow reef)
Built and designed by Shipworks Brisbane, and styled by Bernie Cohen, Shipworks One was launched in 2003. The 44m luxury motor yacht was designed for compliance with ABS motor yacht rules and the MCA code. Adam Schwetz was responsible for running the design office, which had over 20 designers during the peak of design work in 2002.