Jensen Maritime Consultants, Inc., a Crowley company, has been contracted to provide naval architecture and marine engineering expertise to Fairhaven Shipyard of Bellingham, Wash. for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) upgrades and renovations to the Alaska Marine Highway System passenger/ vehicle ferry, M/V Kennicott.
The $5.5m project kicked off in October 2009 and is scheduled for completion in February 2010. Jensen is developing detailed designs for upgrades and renovations to the vessel including modifications to the marine growth prevention system and replacement of the marine evacuation system with new inflatable slides with linking life rafts. The evacuation system upgrade requires significant modifications to both the sun and boat deck structures and support systems.
Other major design work includes calculations and drawings to provide a new primary salt water cooling circuit for the ship's refrigeration condensers and new high pressure, high capacity air compressors and receivers to enhance the main engine air start capability. Jensen will also provide plans for the fire sprinkler system, side port doors, exterior ADA ramps and installation of a new satellite antenna for enhanced communications and Internet services.
"At the end of this project, Jensen will have revised many of Kennicott's general drawings to maintain consistent and up-to-date records of the vessel's updated configuration," said Jonathan Parrot, vice president and general manager, Jensen. "Our focus is on helping our partners to achieve better profitability with their vessels. We hope that the improvements being made will support that."