Swath Licenses Bellinger, Greenbay And Redman
Swath International Ltd. (SIL) has announced the licensing of three shipyards to build the company's Swath (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) technology vessel designs. The three yards are Bollinger Shipyards, of Lockport, La.; Greenbay Marine of Singapore; and Rodman Polyships in Vigo, Spain.
Swath International Managing Director C. William Hayes, in making the announcement, stated: "The licensing of the shipyards is a major departure from our previous 'design and build' philosophy. We feel that we can be much more responsive to our clients by having the shipyard involved with the client from the outset." Mr. Hayes indicated that SIL would continue marketing its designs but would no longer function as co-builder with an available shipyard acceptable to the client. "Our emphasis has changed to supporting our licensees," Mr. Hayes explained. "We have a number of standard Swath vessel designs which are available to the licensed shipyards. As the shipyards become progressively more familiar with the capabilities and details of each of the standard designs, our marketing efforts will shift to support of the licensees' efforts in marketing and sales." In conjunction with this shift in policy, Mr. Hayes announced the company would be consolidating design functions now split between the U.K. and U.S. offices. "Effective October 1, 1 9 9 5 ," Mr. Hayes said, "the design team will be located in the Maryland U.S.A. offices. An engineering and administrative suppport office will be maintained in the U.K. under Stephen Kinrade, manager - projects. Kinrade will have oversight of the U.K.-based marketing and the ongoing efforts of our consultants in the U.K. and elsewhere in Europe." "Our objective is to be more responsive to the shipyards' design needs and technical sales support requirements." Mr. Hayes stated. "The fivehour time difference has certainly been a problem," he said," but more important is synergism you gain when design people have coffee together." For more information on SWATH Circle 148 on Reader Service Card For more information on Bollinger Circle 4 6 on Reader Service Card