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Naval Architects Count the Cost of Ship Design Errors

International Transport Intermediaries Club (ITIC) says recent claims experience demonstrates that naval architects need to be aware of the need to protect against their exposure to liability for damages resulting from errors in design work.   ITIC cites by way of example a case involving the operator of a passenger and ro-ro ferry service which appointed a naval architect to design a landing craft ferry. The design was to be based on that of an existing vessel operated by the company. Prior to beginning the design work, the parties entered into a design agreement under which the naval architect’s liability was limited to approximately $750,000.    Shortly after the vessel was launched, the operator noticed various issues relating to its performance, including vibration, lack of maneuverability and stopping capability. The vehicle loading ramp was also at an excessive angle in certain conditions, making the loading of vehicles difficult and, in some cases, impossible. The operators took the view that urgent rectification work was required so that improvements could be made before the approaching summer season.    The vessel was drydocked and third-party experts were engaged to provide a report detailing the extent of the problems and their potential causes. Based on the findings of the report, the operators brought a claim for $3.5m against the naval architect, alleging that the performance issues were attributable to design errors


New Hires for Bristol Harbor Group and Shearer Group

Christian Olavesen

New Hires for Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. and The Shearer Group, Inc., Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. Bristol, RI and Seabrook, TX – September 9th, 2011 – Bristol Harbor Group, Inc., Rhode Island, and its sister company, The Shearer Group, Inc., Texas, have added James J. Stusse and Christian Olavesen to their respective professional staffs. In July of this year, James was added as a Senior Naval Architect at Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI)


OSD Appoints Technical Director

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Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) strengthened its design teams by appointing Andrew Richards as Technical Director of OSD-IMT, its subsidiary. He was born in where he trained and worked as a naval architect before moving to the in 2007. Since then he has worked as a naval architect at OSD's Montrose office. His responsibilities include increasing productivity through training and better organization, maintaining client relationships


Shearer Group Continues to Expand

Top, from left: Joshua Sebastian, P.E., Engineer Manager; Michael Capitain, Naval Architect, and Ronald Sikora, Designer. Bottom, from left: Jacqueline Ellis, Designer, and Jo Ann Pitzer, Administrative Assistant

The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) announced the continued expansion of its naval architecture and marine engineer practice near Houston. Over the past year the company has made five new additions: Joshua Sebastian, P.E., Engineer Manager; Michael Capitain, Naval Architect; Ronald P. Sikora, Designer; Jacqueline Ellis, Designer; and Jo Ann Pitzer, Administrative Assistant. Joshua Sebastian graduated in 1999 from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a degree in Naval Architecture/Marine Engineering


Obituary: Norman N. DeJong, Naval Architect, Innovator

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DeJong & Lebet, Inc. announced that Norman N. DeJong passed away on November 7, 2013. Norman was 75 years old at the time of his passing. Norman was one of the founding partners of DeJong & Lebet, Inc., Naval Architects, in 1983 in Jacksonville, Florida. He was born in Blokker, Noord Holland, the Netherlands, immigrating to the US after earning a BS in Naval Architecture at HTS Haarlem in 1959. He worked at Phillip F


Oben Naki Heads to Canada

Oben Naki

Emphasising the close working relationship which exists between naval architects Robert Allan Ltd and Turkish shipbuilders Sanmar Ltd, Sanmar's Oben Naki has relocated to Vancouver BC to join the Canadian designers as contracts manager (Turkey). Naki joined Sanmar Shipyards in 2007 immediately on qualifying as a naval architect and marine engineer. He has since gone on to obtain an MBA at Yeditepe University in Istanbul, Turkey’s leading educational establishment


Navy Lab Professionals Honored with Awards

Dr. William K. Blake, a U.S. Navy expert in hydroacoustics, recently received the Gold Medal Award from the American Society of Naval Engineers (ASNE) at the ASNE Day 2003 conference. The medal honors a significant contribution in a particular area during the past five years. He works in the Signatures Directorate of the Naval Surface Warfare Center's Carderock Division and directs the Office of Naval Research and Naval Sea Systems Command hydroacoustic programs here.


Altmann Joins Knight & Carver

Walter Altmann, who brings more than 15 years of yachting industry experience in a variety of roles, has been hired by Knight & Carver YachtCenter as its on-staff naval architect and designer. Altmann spent the past two years with Hatteras Yachts in North Carolina, where he was in charge of new-product design. According to Sampson A. Brown, President/CEO of Knight & Carver, the addition of Altmann gives the boat-building and repair company its first full-time staff architect/designer in


Peter Noble to Lead SNAME

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers Elects Peter G. Noble as the Society’s Next President. On Friday November 18, 2011, Peter G. Noble was elected to be the next President of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) for a three-year term, the first year to be served as President Elect. For over 45 years, Mr. Noble has worked internationally as a Naval Architect and Ocean Engineer


RINA – QinetiQ Launch Maritime Innovation Award

The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) & QinetiQ are introducing a new international Award, which aims to both recognise and encourage scientific and technological innovation in the maritime industry. Innovation is a key to success in all sectors of the maritime industry and the research carried out by engineers and scientists in universities and industry can be critical to pushing forward the boundaries of design


Scottish-led Group Wins Maritime Safety Award

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The Project SEAHORSE consortium, led by the University of Strathclyde, brought together experts from across the maritime world to research and implement safety considerations pioneered by the aviation industry – the first project of its kind in the world.  


Harris Joins J.F. Lehman Operating Executive Board

Fred Harris (File photo: General Dynamics)

Frederick J. Harris, recently retired president of General Dynamics NASSCO and Bath Iron Works shipyards, has joined the operating executive board (OEB) of private equity firm J.F. Lehman & Company. The OEB is a group of industry and government executives with significant experience in the


Flores Named VP at NETSCo

Jan Flores (Photo: NETSCo)

Engineering, design and maritime consulting services provider NETSCo, Inc. has recently promoted Jan Flores to vice president, and welcomed new additions Trish McIntyre as engineering manager and Matt Davidson as junior naval architect/marine engineer.  


New Fast Displacement Yacht is First with Hybrid Propulsion

Photo: Heesen Yachts

A new motoryacht built by built by the Netherlands’ Heesen Yachts is the world’s first Fast Displacement equipped with hybrid propulsion. Christened M/Y Home, the vessel is ultra-efficient, low fuel-burning and one of the quietest on the oceans.  


New Pilot Boat for the Thames and Medway

Photo: Port of London Authority

Estuary Services Limited (ESL), a joint venture between the Port of London Authority (PLA) and Peel Ports London Medway, is continuing its fleet replacement plan and buying another new pilot boat for its pilot transfer operations serving the ports of London and Medway.   


Rossinavi Launches Endeavour II

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 Italian yard Rossinavi has launched its new 49.9-metre superyacht Endeavour II during a ceremony attended by 300 guests and shipyard staff. Known as project FR032, the yacht is built entirely out of aluminium to a design by Team 4 Design.  


HII Graduates 184 Shipbuilders from Apprentice School

Rear Adm. Mat Winter, the U.S. Navy’s deputy program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II, gave the commencement address at The Apprentice School graduation. Photo by John Whalen.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) hosted commencement exercises on Saturday for 184 graduates of the company’s Apprentice School located at Newport News Shipbuilding. The ceremony was held at Liberty Baptist Church Worship Center in Hampton.


Sanmar Receives Tug Orders from Italy

First vessel of Sirapinar Series delivered to Dubai (Photo: Sanmar)

Roughly one month after Turkish tug building company Sanmar laid the keels of two new Sirapinar Class tugs, the opportunity to purchase these ASDs has been snapped up by Italian operator Rimorchiatori Napoletani.   Commenting on the new design


Gowind 2500: DCNS Creation Passes first Test

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DCNS announced the success of the first sea trials of the first-of-class Gowind 2500 corvette under construction in Lorient, France by DCNS. Ten Gowind 2500 corvettes, aimed at supplementing DCNS surface vessel product range, has been ordered so far by international navies.  


Capsized Cargo Ship Refloated in Sweden

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Ardent salvage crews used a parbuckling method to right and refloat the cargo vessel, M/V Sternö, which was loaded with 1,400 tons of grain when it suffered a collision and rested on a jetty structure with a 54-degree list.   Ardent crews were mobilized in late February 2017


Safety Insight on Offshore Wind Industry

Photo: Danish Maritime Authority

 New safety analysis can be used to harmonize safety on board offshore vessels carrying wind turbine technicians. The Danish Maritime Authority is striving to make the International Maritime Organization (IMO) develop international standards.  


NUWC Division, Newport Signs EPA with New Bedford Whaling Museum

Photo: Naval Undersea Warfare Center

 Capt. Michael R. Coughlin, commanding officer of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) Division, Newport, and James Russell, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the New Bedford Whaling Museum (NBWM), signed an education partnership agreement (EPA) for undersea acoustic research


Metal Shark Delivers First Two NYC Ferries

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 The first two passenger vessels built by Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark for New York's new NYC Ferry have been completed and are now making their way to New York.    Late last week at Metal Shark's Franklin, Louisiana shipyard, the Incat Crowther-designed, 149-passenger


BMT, UK’s MAIB Ink Rembrandt Deal

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BMT Ship & Coastal Dynamics (BMT)  announced a new contract with the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB).  BMT has installed its marine navigation and maneuvering simulator, Rembrandt and will provide ongoing specialized training


Curtis Joins The Shearer Group

Kyle Curtis (Photo: TSGI)

 Naval architect Kyle Curtis has joined naval architecture, marine engineering and marine surveying firm The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI).   Prior to joining TSGI, Curtis worked for Versabar in Houston as a marine engineer and a structural engineer. He received a B.S






 
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