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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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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

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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

C-Job Naval Architects Turns 10

What started as a small naval architectural office 10 years ago has grown into an established and well-respected company.   Using various projects and a growing number of in-house disciplines to demonstrate how the Dutch ship design firm C-Job Naval Architects has developed, Managing Director Basjan Faber looks back at some of the most significant moments of the previous decade.   “In terms of vessels, there have been numerous milestones,” Faber said. “The St

Hunter Joins Bristol Harbor Group

John Hunter, P.E. (Photo: BHGI)

John Hunter, P.E. has been hired by Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) as the firm's most recent addition to its naval architecture and marine engineering practice. Hunter joins BHGI as a Senior Naval Architect. He holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Washington. He is also a member and a past chairman of the New England section of Society of Naval

USCG: Remain Upright by Fully Understanding Vessel Stability

Photo: Coast Guard Marine Board of Investigation

This Safety Alert addresses concerns related to vessel stability and watertight integrity. Recently, a marine casualty involving a fishing vessel in the Bering Sea resulted in multiple fatalities and complete loss of the vessel.   A Marine Board of Investigation is currently analyzing the various circumstances surrounding the casualty. Although the investigation is not complete, testimony and fact finding indicate that vessel owners, operators

Maritime Professionals See the Future Coming Fast

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Maritime professionals from all sectors operating sub IMO / sub 80 feet vessels are invited to participate in three one-day NEXT GENERATION Workshops. The dynamic program is being held at the Grand Harbour conference venue, overlooking the port of Southampton U.K., on October 24, 25 and 26, 2017.    The NEXT GEN Workshops each address aspects of operational safety for vessels, along with the safety and welfare of their crew and passengers

GE Marine Gas Turbines Selected for US Navy, Coast Guard

Photo courtesy of Huntington Ingalls Industries

GE’s Marine Solutions said its LM2500 family of aeroderivative marine gas turbines have been selected to power two newbuild surface combatants for U.S. Navy and Coast Guard programs.  Specifically, two LM2500+ gas turbines will power Bougainville (LHA 8), the U.S. Navy’s newest multi-purpose amphibious assault ship. Construction is expected to begin shortly according to shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls Industries

PBES Hires Christensen to Develop Mediterranean Markets

Sven Thy Christensen (Photo: PBES)

Plan B Energy Storage (PBES) has announced Sven Thy Christensen has joined the firm to develop marine and power markets in the Mediterranean region. Christensen brings decades of experience of green solutions for ship efficiency, emissions reduction, and power generation including diesel and gas generation, wind, and solar energy.   Christensen comes from Odense Maritime Technology, where he held the position as Sales & Business Development Director

Steel Cut for New Staten Island Ferry

(Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc.)

The City of New York Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) Staten Island Ferry Division and Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. (ESG) cut steel to officially begin the construction of the first of three new 320’ Staten Island Ollis Class Ferries. The steel cutting ceremony held August 29, 2017 took place in Eastern’s steel processing and pre-fabrication building at its Allanton facility in Panama City, Fla.  

NAVFAC Southeast CERT Prepares for Hurricane Irma

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 Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southeast is forming Contingency Engineering Response Teams (CERTs) in preparation of any damage to Naval facilities in the path of Hurricane Irma.   "Teams returned last week from Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville and NAS Corpus Christi after performing damage assessments after Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas," said Integrated Product Team Gulf Coast Assistant Operations Officer Cmdr

Incat Designs Founder Philip Hercus Passed Away

Philip Hercus (Photo: Incat Crowther)

Incat Designs founder Philip Hercus, one of the forefathers of Incat Crowther and Australia’s marine design industry, has passed away.   Hercus’ contribution to the industry was immense. In the 1980s, he pioneered the introduction of aluminum catamaran passenger vessels in tourist areas such as the Great Barrier Reef before developing the Wave Piercing Catamaran. In 1990, one of these vessels won the Hales Trophy for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean for a

ESG Sees Green With its Tier IV Thunderbolt Design

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Eastern Shipbuilding’s forward-thinking inland towboat design now features CAT Tier 4 propulsion and aftertreatment.   When Eastern Shipbuilding Group (ESG) introduced its cutting edge 4,000 hp Thunderbolt inland towboat designed around twin azimuthing AAA Propulsion electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology back in 2015, the approach was collaborative, with input from operators, naval architects (Gilbert Associates, Inc. (GAI)) and propulsion OEM’s

Uotinen Joins Robert Allan Ltd.

Sami Uotinen (Photo: Robert Allan Ltd.)

Sami Uotinen will join naval architecture firm Robert Allan Ltd. on October 1, responsible for European Business Development initiatives, operating from Turku, Finland.   Uotinen, a graduate naval architect, joins Robert Allan Ltd. from Rolls Royce, where he has worked since 2000, most recently as North American Sales Manager for Z-Drive propulsion. He has also held positions at Aquamaster, Kamewa and Kvaerner Masa Yards.

Loutit Awarded Robert Allan Memorial Scholarship

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The trustees of the Robert Allan Memorial Scholarship Trust have awarded the scholarship for 2017 to Taryn Loutit.   Loutit is a fourth year mechanical engineering student at the University of Victoria with a passion for and an objective to pursue a career in naval architecture and marine engineering. She has an outstanding academic record and has completed five co-op work terms with marine-related businesses.  

New Projects for Boksa Marine Design

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Florida based naval architecture and marine engineering firm Boksa Marine Design said it has kept bust over the past few months, with many of its 2017 projects having progressed from design and engineering phases on some and build-to-water on others.   Boska provided an update on several of those projects.   42' Outboard Day Boat Vessel Specifications:  Length Overall:  42’-0” (12.80m) Beam Overall:  10’-3” (3.15m) Twin 100 hp outboards

Hasuly Joins The Shearer Group

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 The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) announced a new addition to its naval architecture, marine engineering and marine surveying firm, Anne Hasuly, P.E.   Hasuly has recently joined TSGI as a naval architect. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Texas and holds a B.S. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the University of New Orleans. Anne is also a member of the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers and the Louisiana Engineering Society

Fincantieri Delivers Fourth of Eight Viking Newbuilds

The fourth of eight cruise ships Viking Ocean Cruises has ordered from Fincantieri has been delivered at the shipyard in Ancona.    Viking Sun, as its sister ships, is placed in the small cruise ship segment. With a gross tonnage of about 47,800 tons, it has 465 cabins with accommodation for 930 passengers, with a total capacity of over 1,400 people, including the crew.    The ship has been designed by experienced naval architects and engineers, including an  

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