Elliott Bay Design Group News

21 Feb 2019

Virtual Reality: Tool for Ship Design

Image: Visual Vocal

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) uses Virtual Reality as a valuable tool in ship design allowing naval architects and owners the ability to experience the space in advance of final design; a powerful asset in ship repair and refit to help a team more efficiently and cost-effectively plan and execute the project.The process of designing and building a ship has changed dramatically in the last 20 years, with the advent and evolution of computer aided design that allows a vessel to be designed, tested and ‘built’ prior to the first actual cut of steel.

18 Feb 2019

New Power for Alaskan Classic

The V/V LISERON in Southeast Alaska. Courtesy of The Boat Company

Thousands of people travel Alaska on mega-cruise ships each year, but only a handful get to cruise Alaskan waters on the immaculate M/V LISERON. Built in Seattle in 1952 by the US Navy as a minesweeper she was sold to France, but returned to Seattle in 1990 after being lovingly converted to yacht-class in Florida.The late Michael Allan McIntosh, philanthropist and environmentalist, founded The Boat Company in 1979, initially as a program of The McIntosh Foundation. The LISERON joined The Boat Company’s first vessel…

12 Feb 2019

EBDG Appoints Nani as Project Manager

Matt Nani (Photo: EBDG)

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) hired Matt Nani to join its team of naval architects and engineers as a Project Manager.  He will be responsible for the initiation, management and execution of diverse projects and will be based in the Seattle, WA office.Nani brings with him 11 years of experience in the marine industry including work with an operator, class society and consulting firm.   Nani is a licensed professional engineer in Washington and Texas, and he received a BS in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of New Orleans.

27 Jan 2019

NCDOT to Start Ocracoke Express Ferry from May

Ocracoke Express Passenger Ferry. Illustration courtesy of Elliott Bay Design Group, Seattle

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) said that Ocracoke Express ferry service between the state’s Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands is slated to debut on Tuesday, May 14.The Ocracoke Express will carry as many as 98 passengers on a speedy 70-minute trip from Hatteras directly into Ocracoke Village.Service will begin with three round-trips each day, with fares ranging from $5-15 round trip depending on time of travel. Children 3 and under can travel free with a parent or guardian.“Frankly…

09 Jan 2019

EBDG Opens East Coast Office

Catherine (Kate) Hale, EBDG

Expansion Strengthens Client Access and Relationship Management.Elliott Bay Design Group proudly announces the opening of its new East Coast office in New York. The office will provide professional engineering and naval architecture services as well as waterfront development expertise to clients on the East Coast and is a springboard for future growth in the region. "This is an exciting time for EBDG and marks a major milestone in our 30-year history," states Christina Villiott, VP of Sales & Marketing.

10 Dec 2018

GREAT WORKBOATS: The Very Best 10 of 2018

Tazlina, built by Vigor

MarineNews showcases the ten best of North America’s 2018 workboat deliveries. Domestic shipyard production is robust, innovative and getting greener. And, that translates into two kinds of ‘green.’As the domestic offshore energy support sector slowly awakens, other sectors have been happy to take the spotlight in its absence. As always, and if a hull was delivered in 2018, we took a look at it, with several areas as a focus for inclusion into this edition. For my part, I’m always excited when the U.S. boatbuilding sector can deliver for a foreign buyer. We’ve checked that box here.

08 Oct 2018

EBDG Names Schoenberg HR Manager

Julie Schoenberg (Photo: Elliott Bay Design Group)

Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has hired Julie Schoenberg as the new Human Resources Manager. She will be responsible for the firm’s HR function, working from the Seattle office.Schoenberg joins the team with a thorough working knowledge of human resources within the marine industry. Her background has focused on compliance, HRIS, employee and labor relations, onboarding, and performance evaluations. She received a BA in Human Relations and Women's Studies with a minor in Finance from Washington State University.

02 Oct 2018

New Bunker Vessel Delivered to Maxum Petroleum

The new bunkering vessel Global Provider has been delivered to Maxum Petroleum for operation in the Pacific Northwest. (Photo: EBDG)

Maxum Petroleum has taken delivery of its newest tank ship, the Global Provider. The newbuild will deliver fuel and lube oil to ship operators in the Pacific Northwest.The vessel, the first in its design and size for Maxum Petroleum, was designed by Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) of Seattle and built by Jesse Engineering of Tacoma, Wash.Global Provider is a self-propelled bunker ship measuring 126'-2" in length, with a 32 ' beam, 10' draft and 13' depth to main deck. The vessel has a carrying capacity of 151…

06 Sep 2018

Washington State Ferries Looks to Go Greener

Jumbo Mark II class ferry Wenatchee (Photo: Jim Culp / WSDOT)

Washington State Ferries has begun a project to transition the largest vessels in its fleet to cleaner hybrid-electric power.The three ferries in the operator's Jumbo Mark II class, the Tacoma, Wenatchee and Puyallup, were built from 1997 to 1999 at Todd Pacific Shipyards in Seattle. Each vessel can carry up to 2,499 passengers and 202 vehicles, making them the largest in the Washington State fleet.The 460 footers are also the fleet's biggest emitter of greenhouse gas emissions.

21 Aug 2018

EBDG Designs Landing Craft that Services San Juan Islands

M/V Nordland II (Photo: Elliott Bay Design Group)

Over the last 30 years, Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has been involved in numerous waterfront projects including the design of ferries, barges and tugs. Although its history is rich with traditional vessel designs, occasionally the firm is involved in more unique projects, one of them being the design of a purpose-built landing craft for San Juan Ferry & Barge.EBDG partnered with Latitude Marine Services (LMS) to update the design of a current landing craft operated by San Juan Ferry & Barge, designed by EBDG and built by LMS.

16 Aug 2018

EBDG Adds Staff in New Orleans

Seattle based naval architecture and marine engineering firm Elliott Bay Design Group has added two marine professionals, Grayson Laborde and George Scully, to its New Orleans office.Laborde is a recent graduate of the University of New Orleans, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Over the past year, he has interned with Elliott Bay Design Group in the New Orleans office. He joins the team as a naval architect and is already contributing through his background in the OSV market and knowledge of the marine industry.Scully joins Elliott Bay Design Group as an electrical designer and brings 20 years of experience in engineering and design work. His experience includes working for both shipbuilding and offshore companies.

10 Apr 2018

Ekse Joins Elliott Bay Design Group

Robert Ekse (Photo: Elliott Bay Design Group)

Robert Ekse has joined Elliott Bay Design Group's team of naval architects and engineers as a project manager. He will be responsible for the initiation, management and execution of diverse projects and will be based in the Seattle office.   Ekse has 27 years of experience in increasingly responsible roles within the marine industry, having worked for operators and shipyards along the West Coast.

12 Mar 2018

North Carolina Ferries Change Course for the Future

Credit: NCDOT

Shoaling shifts NCDOT’s propulsion needs, prompting a sea change. Thrustmaster waterjets step in to carry the day. In Swansboro, N.C., boatbuilder U.S. Workboats (formerly Armstrong Marine) is assembling the linchpin of the North Carolina Department of Transport’s (NCDOT) business plan for its future Outer Banks ferry services. Separately, in both Hatteras and Ocracoke, crews are preparing to break ground on new parking additions and visitor facilities. The Ocracoke Express passenger…

05 Feb 2018

Coleman Joins Elliott Bay Design Group

Eric Coleman (Photo: EBDG)

Eric Coleman has joined Elliott Bay Design Group's team of naval architects and engineers, bringing with him six years of marine experience. Coleman’s experience is broad, with an emphasis on preliminary and detail design work of aluminum and steel vessels. He has worked on a wide variety of commercial vessels and charter yachts up to 210 feet in length. His background includes hands-on shipyard experience, comprising production oversight, class and regulatory compliance, and designing for production.

28 Nov 2017

North Carolina Orders a New Ferry

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has ordered a new car ferry for delivery in 2019, its first since 2012 (Image: Elliott Bay Design Group)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation Ferry Division has ordered a new river class vehicle ferry to be built at Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La. for delivery by March 1, 2019. Designed by Elliott Bay Design Group, the 183-foot ferry with room for 38 regular-sized vehicles will replace M/V Thomas A. Baum, a 22-year-old Hatteras-class ferry that carries 26 vehicles. The vessel will be the NCDOT Ferry Division’s first new car ferry since the M/V Sea Level christened in 2012 (also designed by Elliott Bay Design Group).

13 Nov 2017

Marine Fuels: Unmasking Gas

A primer on the way forward for alternative fuels for marine propulsion. By now, many of us have been passed by a garbage truck, taken a ride on an airport bus or hailed a taxi cab that is clearly labeled by their respective marketing departments that these vehicles are powered by clean burning natural gas. Even now in our own maritime industry, some trendy operators are looking to make the case for liquefied natural gas (LNG) propulsion systems, others are opting for hybrid-electric solutions, and some are even aiming for full electric configurations.

06 Sep 2017

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. Attending the ceremony from Staten Island Ferry Division was John Collins, Director of Ferry Engineering and Bill Tomalonis, Vessel Construction Manager SIF Division.

12 Jul 2017

New Passenger Ferry for Governors Island

(Image: Blount Boats)

U.S. shipbuilder Blount Boats together with naval architecture firm Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) has been awarded the contract to design and construct a new passenger-only ferry for Governors Island, New York by The Trust For Governors Island. The vessel will provide passenger ferry service between Battery Maritime Building in Lower Manhattan and Soissons Landing on Governors Island, New York. “Blount Boats is honored to have been chosen by the Trust to build another iconic vessel for New York Harbor,” said Marcia Blount, President of Blount Boats.

14 Jun 2017

Gullickson Joins EBDG

Image: EBDG

Stephanie Gullickson joins Elliott Bay Design Group's Seattle office as the Marketing Manager. She brings 12 years of experience within the maritime industry including management, marketing, sales, event planning and administrative support. Stephanie will be responsible for the development of policies, processes, and procedures to ensure consistent and effective company-wide marketing efforts in order to successfully garner new business opportunities. Stephanie graduated from…

26 May 2017

Rapp Marine Deck Equipment Rounds out New Harley Barges

Photo: Rapp Marine

Rapp’s workboat market offerings span the full range of operator requirements. Their latest contract provides a turnkey package. Long known for delivering innovative and custom deck machinery solutions to a wide range of marine stakeholders, Rapp Marine recently was tasked with providing not one, but two complete equipment package for West coast-based Harley Marine Services (HMS). The Rapp portfolio spans the full gamut of machinery, from heavy duty tow winches for high horsepower tugboats, all the way to multipurpose cranes for barges or other workboats.

22 Mar 2017

Alternative Ferry Propulsion Systems: A Case Study

M/V Steilacoom II (Credit: Nichol Bros Boat Builders)

Is it Right for Your Operation? That Depends, says EBDG’s John Waterhouse. Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) serves many ferry customers in North America. These clients read the trade publications and see various articles on new technologies such as hybrid propulsion, battery powered vessels or zero emission vessels. After finishing such an article they ask themselves: “What advantages would that technology bring to my operation and what will it cost?” To that end, EBDG developed some tools to help answer those questions.

08 Feb 2017

Johansen Joins EBDG Electrical Team

Erik Johansen (Photo: EBDG)

Erik Johansen joined Elliott Bay Design Group's (EBDG) New Orleans office in December 2016 bringing with him 20 years of marine electrical experience. Johansen’s expertise includes supporting offshore vessel operators with major modifications, conversions and oversight of electrical contractors. His portfolio of vessel types includes workboats, ferries, tugboats, platform support vessels and chemical and petroleum carriers. Johansen enhances EBDG's growing electrical and marine engineering group with skills ranging from fleet electrical support to new design and installation support.

15 Dec 2016

Ferry Cafeteria Renovated for Fine Dining

Photo: EBDG

The ferry MS Chi-Cheemaun has been a staple of Georgian Bay for over 40 years. A $2.4-million renovation to convert the cafeteria into a fine dining area was completed in time for her re-entry into service for the 2016 sailing season. The interior design takes a completely new approach to how the space is used, with creation of seven specific lighting zones, a bar area, and a clear division between the fine dining and general dining areas. Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) provided architectural and engineering services…

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