Genoa Design International Ltd. has won a contract to provide production design and lofting for two196.8 ft Offshore Support Vessels for the Iraqi Navy. The ships, which will play a central role in rebuilding Iraq’s maritime security capability, will support and defend the country’s offshore oil terminals. Two U.S. based companies are leading the project: RiverHawk Fast Sea Frames in Florida, as primary contractor and Gulf Island Marine Fabricators, L.L.C. in Louisiana, as construction sub-contractor. The project falls under the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, with Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., as contracting entity for the Iraqi Government. Vessel completion is expected by December 2011.Genoa Design International Ltd. is a marine production design company based in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. The company provides production lofting and detail design services to marine and offshore industries around the world. Genoa Design’s notable projects include the Staten Island Ferries for New York City, a U.S.C.G. Icebreaker, ocean-going articulated tug barge vessels, offshore supply vessels, tugs, towboats, tanker barges, and chemical/product tankers. Genoa is also active in research and development. The company is a regular participant in the United States’ National Shipbuilding Research Program and a recognized leader in using LEAN principles to advance standards in the marine industry.