Gibbs & Cox is an independent engineering and design firm specialising in naval architecture, marine engineering, management support, and engineering consulting. The firm is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia with offices in New York City, New Orleans,LA, Newport News, VA, Chesapeake, VA, Philadelphia, PA, and Manuka, ACT, Australia. Gibbs & Cox is the largest independent and privately-owned Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Firm in the United States, and has been serving government, commercial, and recreational markets worldwide since 1929. Our quality system is certified to ISO 9001:2015 for design, engineering, program management, and administrative services.

Corporate values

  • Quality; Excellence in execution
  • Integrity; Devotion to high ethical standards
  • Customers; Commitment to customer success
  • Employees; Respect for our most valued asset
  • Teamwork; Cooperation with stakeholders
  • Innovation; For customers and employees


  • All phases of ship design and systems engineering
  • Modernization and upgrades to parent designs
  • Shipyard industrial capability assessments
  • 3-D CAD/CAE including laser scanning
  • On-site support/staff augmentation
  • Program Management support

Our people make the difference…

  • 200+ engineers, designers and support staff
  • Proven quality processes
  • 50+ high end engineering, design and analysis tools including:
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics
    • Finite Element Modeling and Analysis
    • Ship Concept Synthesis
    • Distributed systems modeling and analysis
    • 3D product models
    • 3D laser scanning and model development
  • ** 33 Professional Engineers (PE)
  • ** 30 Project Management Professionals (PMP)