Navalmartin was established by naval architects – Daria Cabai and Val Martin – with offices in London and floating offices in the Mediterranean. A number of our projects are ongoing around the world, some in remote locations. With a solid network to rely on, we cater for any emergency the vast ocean can throw at you. Please email or call for a brief consultation, CV and rates.


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Val Martin
Naval Architect / Surveyor

“Our all-round engineering skills span across naval architecture: from high performance yachts to offshore engineering and design appraisal of complex ship types such as submersibles.”

About Val

Val started his career in naval architecture as a designer of high speed trimarans and large yachts. In Navalmartin he regularly acts as expert witness on design-related claims.

Working for a major classification society – as part of ship emergency response team – Val advised on over 35 large scale marine casualties and was responsible for cross-assessment of salvage operations.

Advisor for the EU, and the UK in the area of offshore renewable energy. Val was responsible for project management on behalf of underwriters, and supervision of the risk associated with the construction of a large offshore wind farm off Belgium.

In Navalmartin , Val acts also as on-site salvage engineer, developing refloating plans, supervising salvage operations and providing live advice to masters on ship stability, strength and pollution.

Daria Cabai
Yacht Designer/Naval Architect

“In Navalmartin, we are all keen sailors – time spent offshore makes us humble: we strive to deliver cutting edge design and technical expertise, because we know that the ultimate test is the sea.”

About Daria

Daria is a qualified naval architect and chartered engineer with more than 10 years of experience covering ship design, marine consultancy, R&D, and project management.

In the past, she represented the UK MCA at IMO. Since 2005 she acts as an independent expert for European Commission. Her PhD followed by an industrial-led research project in the area of ship design have earned her the prestigious RINA-LR Ship Safety Award.

Daria’s core activity is design; in addition she provides such services as casualty investigation and expert witness. In parallel with engineering career, Daria studied yacht design at the Royal College of Art and, at Navalmartin, she is in charge of all creative projects.

Daria’s hobbies are submarines and racing classic yachts. She is helming S/Y St Christopher this season.

Charlotte Ward
Marketing & Client Relations

“Yachts are in the forefront of our focus. …and everything starts from a good design. An aesthetically beautiful product needs to be carefully conceived and executed. Marketing is intertwined.”

About Charlotte

Based in London, Charlotte is responsible for overseeing UK and International marketing efforts and client relations for Navalmartin.

Charlotte has over twelve years’ B2B marketing experience and specialises in providing marketing services for the Global Marine, Energy, Offshore and Insurance Sectors. She has previously worked for The Salvage Association, BMT Marine and Offshore Surveys and more recently as the Marketing Manager for Braemar Shipping Services plc. Charlotte studied at the university of Brighton where she received her degree in Business and Marketing Communications.

Steve Smith
Marine Engineer / Surveyor

“Good design requires good execution. Yacht construction is a knowledge-intense process that demands specific approach. Our overarching aim is to achieve a superior product that is delivered on time and on budget.”

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Steven has over twenty years’ of marine engineering. With roots in the merchant navy, he spent most of his career as a Chief Engineer on superyachts. He was responsible for planning and carrying out all aspects of on-board engineering and also preparation of vessels for operation and sailing. He also has experience working as owner’s representative at renown superyacht shipyards: Amels and Lursens. He has successfully managed several large new-builds and re-fit projects, overseeing all aspects of operation and maintenance (M/Y Arkley 60m, M/Y Event 60m, M/Y Apollo 55m, M/Y Engelberg 55m). Steve also has marine survey experience; including Class & Flag inspections and audits during build and delivery.

Steven is a passionate sailor and owns his own 27m classic sail training schooner.

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