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Tuesday, September 25, 2018

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EBDG Hires Chief Electrical Engineer

Will Ayers (Photo: EBDG)

Will Ayers has accepted a position as Chief Electrical Engineer with Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) of Seattle. He brings to his role over a decade's worth of experience in marine electrical engineering, which includes extensive use of USCG and class society rules, and all aspects of electrical drawing development with a focus on large, passenger vessels. Ayers brings to EBDG experience in high voltage engineering and control and monitoring systems. He is highly proficient in onelines…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New Tank Barge Delivered to Harley Marine

Fight A.L.S., a tank barge designed by EBDG and built by Vigor Fab, was delivered to Harley Marine Services in February (Photo: EBDG)

The newly built tank barge, the Fight A.L.S., was delivered to Harley Marine Services on February 19, 2016. Designed by Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) and constructed at Vigor Fab in Portland, Ore., the 83,000 bbl tank barge joins Harley’s offshore fleet working the Gulf and East Coast to transport clean petroleum products, specifically gasoline and distillates. Fight A.L.S. is the third 83,000 bbl ATB tank barge recently designed by EBDG and built for Harley Marine Services, along with sister barges Dr. Robert J. Beall and Fight Fanoni Anemia.

Ferry Conference: Technology Drives Vessel Advancements

File image: an Elliott Bay Design Group ferry (EBDG)

On June 2-3, 2016,  the Ferry Safety and Technology Conference will be held in downtown Manhattan. Throughout the world, the quickening pace of technological advances is impacting all sectors of the maritime business; ferries are no exception. The conference, now in its second year, will feature practical and affordable technologies already deployed in passenger transportation, or soon to be. Topics to be discussed will include Vessel Design; Landings – with a focus on their resiliency and Maritime Weather – with fresh information on timely fine scale marine weather detection.

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…

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.

Tech & Design Solutions for Modern Workboats

“There is a cost implication for owners to comply with IMO Tier 3 and EPA Tier 4 requirements, which is causing an increase in engine prices of about 30 percent regarding Tier 4, which probably results in a five percent increase in total construction costs for U.S.-built tugs. In some countries such as Asia, with low labor costs, total costs can increase by 10 percent.” - Mike Fitzpatrick, President, Robert Allan Limited (Photo: Mike Zeft)

EPA Tier 4 regulations (for engines of 804 hp and higher) and propulsion advancements have many manufacturers and vessel designers changing course to adapt to new requirements and customer demands. Jensen Maritime is designing a new 110-ft. harbor class ship assist docking tug with 6,770 horsepower. “It’s a little larger than most. The extra length allows for towing which is secondary use,” says Vice President Johan Sperling. “There will be Tier 4 equipment in it. Bryan Nichols…

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.

New Ferry MV Woods Hole Delivered

M/V Woods Hole during sea trials (Photo: Brian King)

The newly built ferry M/V Woods Hole has been delivered to serve Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Built by Conrad Industries of Morgan City, La., the Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) designed ferry is the naval architects’ second design for The Steamship Authority. EBDG's scope for the project included extensive concept design, which proceeded to a design validation with CFD and towing tank development of the hull form, propulsion selection studies and passenger egress validation from the evacuation system.

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.

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).

New Bunker Vessel for Maxum Petroleum

Global Provider (Rendering: Elliott Bay Design Group)

Maxum Petroleum's newest bunker vessel Global Provider is currently under construction at Jesse Co. in Tacoma, Wash. and is expected to enter service in January 2017. “The launch of this vessel demonstrates our continued commitment to enhance our service capabilities for our customers throughout the West Coast and Pacific Northwest,” said Scott Prince, CEO of Maxum Petroleum. “The Global Provider is the result of years of collaboration between our Maxum Team, our valued customers…

Texas Orders Diesel-electric Ferry

Image: EBDG

Southwest Shipyard of Houston, partner of Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG), has been selected by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to build the third vessel in a new class of 28-car ferries for the city of Port Aransas. Two ferries of the new class were delivered in 2011, and construction of the latest vessel, which is a diesel-electric version, will begin this fall. EBDG will serve as the owner's representative. EBDG has provided support to TxDOT since 2008. Following…

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.

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…

New Plan Pledges Ferry Safety Lead

File photo: Eric Norcross

Interferry has unveiled a strategic plan promising to put safety issues at the heart of its work as the voice of the worldwide ferry industry. The pledge came at the global trade association’s 41st annual conference in Manila – a venue chosen to spotlight the challenges of domestic ferry safety in developing nations. According to Interferry, the plan signals its overriding ambition to help lift ferry safety in all parts of the world to the very high standard already in place in North America and Europe, where casualties in recent decades have been extremely rare.

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.

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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