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01 Nov 2019

Polymer Pioneer Receives Engineering's Highest Accolade

George A. (Sandy) Thomson (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

On October 31st, 2019, George A. (Sandy) Thomson, the founder of Thordon Bearings and a pioneer in the development of advanced polymer materials, was presented with the 2019 Elmer A. Sperry Award in recognition of “leading the innovation in water-lubricated propeller shaft bearings” in marine transportation through the use of polymeric compounds.The award was presented to Mr. Thomson at the SNAME Maritime Convention, in Tacoma, USA, by the Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), Mr.

01 Nov 2019

Interview: Cory Wood, VP, Bristol Harbor Group

“You still have to come up with a concept, and literally it can come to us on the back of a napkin. Wherever the idea starts, it must then be boiled down to the specifics. CAD has obviously helped to speed that process along, but in my mind, the implementation of 2D and 3D CAD hasn’t really shortened the entire design process, but it’s allowed us to get a better product.”
Cory Wood, Vice President, Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.

Born at the University of Michigan in the early 1990s, Bristol Harbor Group (BHG) has grown into a diverse and widely respected naval architecture and marine engineering firm. Cory Wood, Vice President and one of the four co-founders of BHG, discusses the companies past and design drivers to power its future.The University of Michigan runs one of the most prestigious naval architecture and marine engineering programs in the country, but when Cory Wood entered U of M, he did so with the intent of becoming an aerospace engineer.

21 May 2019

SNAME Honors ABS Technical Leaders

Senior Engineer Harry Ren (Photo: ABS)

ABS Director James Bond and Senior Engineer Harry Ren have been named Fellows of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).“ABS relies on being able to offer the very highest levels of industry expertise in order to continue to deliver outstanding services to clients and industry support. This recognition from SNAME underscores our industry leading technical prowess,” said Patrick Ryan, Senior Vice President, Engineering and Technology.Suzanne Beckstoffer, President of SNAME…

23 Sep 2019

Ardmore Appoints Dr. Tikka to Board of Directors

Dr. Kirsi Tikka (Photo: Ardmore Shipping)

Ardmore Shipping Corporation (NYSE: ASC) (“Ardmore”) has announced the appointment of Dr. Kirsi Tikka to the company’s Board of Directors.Dr. Tikka has over 30 years of shipping experience having recently retired from the American Bureau of Shipping  (“ABS”) in July 2019. She joined ABS in 2001 and held various specialist and leadership positions within ABS including as ABS Executive Vice President Global Marine, Europe Division President, and as Vice President and Chief Engineer, Global.

27 Sep 2019

ABS Spotlight on Female Mariners

Group of ABS employees located in the Rio de Janeiro office. Photo: ABS

The maritime classification society American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) celebrated International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) World Maritime Day with a month of activity putting women in the spotlight to inspire current employees as well as future generations of mariners. The theme for 2019’s World Maritime Day, an official United Nations day, is “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community.”“I am proud that ABS has strong women leaders across all areas of the organization who are recognized and accomplished professional trailblazers as well as mentors for the next generation of leaders…

05 Sep 2019

Polymer Pioneer Wins Sperry Award

Thomson onboard the Canadian Coast Guard Ship Hudson with SeaThigor mechanical face seal installed.

 (Photo: Thordon Bearings)

Thordon Bearings’ founder and polymer materials pioneer George A. (Sandy) Thomson has been awarded the global transportation sector’s most distinguished accolade, the Elmer A. Sperry Award 2019 for “Advancing the Art of Transportation”.Thomson joins a long list of Sperry Award recipients, which was established in 1955, including Donald Douglas, Ferdinand Porsche, Sir Geoffrey De Havilland, Christopher Cockerell, Leonard Hobbs, Perry Pratt, Josef Becker and Malcom McLean.“I am deeply honored and humbled to win this award…

15 Nov 2018

Digital Feature Extraction with PropCad Premium 2018

A new utility automates feature extraction from 3D CAD data.Marine propellers can last a long time – it is not uncommon to find a vessel running on its original set of propellers. Sometimes, these propellers even outlive the companies that produced them. For example, some large volume propeller manufacturers have permanently closed their doors and patterns, molds, and design data have been scattered to unknown corners of the globe. It’s fair to say that while the propeller manufacturing industry has seen growth…

27 Oct 2018

Maritime's Push Toward "Net Zero Carbon"

IMO’s 2050 deadline to reduce GHG emissions 50% from 2008 levels has set off a gold rush to develop Zero Emissions SolutionsClimate change is the biggest issue facing [all aspects of] the maritime industry, said Kitak Lim, IMO secretary general, in an interview earlier this year with Maritime Reporter & Engineering News. He predicted that shipping could experience as much change in the next 10 to 20 years as it has in the last 100 years, as the industry races to meet a number of challenges…

28 Aug 2018

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Significant moments in naval architecture & marine engineeringThe International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM) was adopted February 13, 2004 to introduce global regulations to control the transfer of potentially invasive species. Under the Convention, which entered into force on September 8, 2017, all ships in international traffic are required to manage their ballast water and sediments to a certain standard, according to a ship-specific ballast water management plan.

18 Oct 2018

SNAME: Plotting the Path Ahead

As the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) celebrates its 125th Anniversary, the new executive director shares his thoughts on the path forward for a successful future.I’m Gene Sanders, and I have been given the enviable opportunity to take SNAME into its next phase in one the most important industries in the world! In my first few months as SNAME’s new Executive Director, I’ve been working with the Board and various committees on new ventures and directives…

23 Oct 2018

One-on-One with Suzanne Beckstoffer

Suzanne Beckstoffer, an accomplished engineering leader and business woman, the first woman president in SNAME’s 125 year history. Photo: HII/NNS

One-on-one with Suzanne Beckstoffer, an accomplished engineering leader and business woman, the first woman president in SNAME’s 125 year history.As the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) celebrates its 125th anniversary in 2018, it will celebrate another historical milestone at the start of 2019 when Suzanne M. Beckstoffer takes the helm of SNAME as president, the first woman to hold this position in the association’s history. We met recently with Beckstoffer to discuss her distinguished shipbuilding career…

21 Aug 2018

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Aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CVN 65) underway in the Atlantic Ocean in 2004 (U.S. Navy photo by Rob Gaston)

Significant moments in naval architecture & marine engineeringUSS Enterprise (CVN-65), formerly CVA(N)-65, was commissioned November 25, 1961 as the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. The longest naval vessel ever built, "The Big E" was constructed at the Newport News shipyard in Virginia and cost nearly $451.3 million, or roughly $4 billion in 2018 dollars.The October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, the world’s largest audited circulation maritime magazine serving the maritime b2b space…

05 Dec 2018

Future Maritime Design: NETSCo Sponsors Student Design Competition

Team 9 – Black Friday, took First Place. Photo: Netsco.

NETSCo announced the winners of the 2018 Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Student Design Competition held recently during the 2018 SNAME Maritime Convention in Providence, RI. Many interesting designs were devised with over 150 students participating in the competition. Congratulations to our winning teams: First Place Team 9 – Black Friday; Second Place, Team 8 – PlayBuoy; and, Third Place, Team 5 – Team Boats.The Competition is organized by the SNAME Student Steering Committee (SSC)…

08 Mar 2019

Green Marine, SNAME Partner

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Green Marine and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) signed a partnership agreement to further their common goals in fostering greater environmental sustainability in the maritime sector.The agreement, signed earlier this year, will serve as a framework to enhance technical cooperation between the two parties and encourage the exchange of information to raise awareness for both organizations and in program development towards environmental advancement.Through this cooperation, Green Marine gains access to a greater pool of technical experts and delegates Dr.

07 Aug 2018

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Icebreaking tanker Manhattan on the cover of the September 1969 edition of Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

Significant moments in naval architecture & marine engineeringAfter being refitted an specialized icebreaker bow, tanker SS Manhattan became the first commercial ship to cross the Northwest Passage in 1969. Read more on the vessel and historic voyage here.The October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, the world’s largest audited circulation maritime magazine serving the maritime b2b space, will feature a special magazine supplement commemorating the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) 125th anniversary.

17 Jul 2018

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The naming ceremony for the first Triple-E vessel, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, was held June 14, 2013 in Okpo, South Korea. (File photo courtesy of Maersk Line)

Great moments in naval architecture & marine engineeringThe 18,000 TEU Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, lead ship of Maersk's Triple E class, entered service as the world’s largest containership on July 2, 2013. The groundbreaking ship led a string of ultra-large containership deliveries that would continue to escalate in size in the years following. Today, the 21,413 TEU OOCL Hong Kong holds the world’s largest title.The October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, the world’s largest audited circulation maritime magazine serving the maritime b2b space…

10 Aug 2018

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Isla Bella (Photo: General Dynamics NASSCO)

Significant moments in naval architecture & marine engineeringOn October 16, 2015, U.S. shipbuilder General Dynamics NASSCO delivered the world's first liquefied natural gas (LNG) powered containership, Isla Bella, to domestic ship owner and operator TOTE Maritime. The 764-foot-long Isla Bella and its sister ship Perla del Caribe currently serve the Florida-Puerto Rico trade.Today, LNG continues to pick up steam across the industry. In November 2017, French carrier CMA CGM announced that its nine new 22…

19 Jul 2018

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USS NAUTILUS (SSN-571) (Photo: National Archives)

Great moments in naval architecture & marine engineeringThe world's first nuclear powered submarine, USS Nautilus (SSN-571), was commissioned by the U.S. Navy in September 1954. The first-of-its-kind submarine went on to set many records, including the first ever submerged transit of the North Pole. Today all U.S. Navy submarines are nuclear-powered.The October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, the world’s largest audited circulation maritime magazine serving the maritime b2b space…

24 Jul 2018

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Pioneering Spirit (Photo: Eric Haun)

Great moments in naval architecture & marine engineeringThe world's largest construction vessel, Pioneering Spirit, commenced offshore operations in August 2016. The 382m-long and 124m-wide ship  was built primarily at DSME’s Okpo Shipyard in South Korea and is used for installation, decommissioning and pipelay activities. In February this year, owner Allseas announced it plans to build an even larger vessel, Amazing Grace, to be commissioned in 2022.The October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News…

27 Jul 2018

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(Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)

Significant moments in naval architecture & marine engineeringIn March 1989, oil tanker Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil after running aground in Alaska's Prince Williams Sound. The oil spill stood as the largest in U.S. history until the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.The Exxon Valdez incident, while certainly not a bright spot in maritime history, led to broad changes across the industry, including new design requirements for oil-carrying vessels.The October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News…

01 Aug 2018

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Significant moments in naval architecture & marine engineeringCMA CGM announced in November 2017 that its nine new 22,000 TEU containerships would be equipped with engines fueled by liquefied natural gas (LNG), an industry first. The series' first two vessels are currently being built in China for expected delivery in 2019.The October 2018 edition of Maritime Reporter & Engineering News, the world’s largest audited circulation maritime magazine serving the maritime b2b space,…

12 Feb 2018

Interview: Terry MacRae - CEO, HMS Global Maritime

Terry MacRae, President & Chief Executive Officer, HMS Global Maritime

Terry MacRae founded Hornblower Yachts, LLC (doing business as Hornblower Cruises & Events) in 1980, and serves as Chief Executive Officer, the President and is also its owner. MacRae is the Co-founder of HMS Global Maritime and the American Queen Steamboat Company, and serves as Chief Executive Officer of Alcatraz Cruises, LLC, Statue Cruises, LLC, Hornblower Canada Co., Hornblower Cable Cars, Inc. and HNY Ferry, LLC (doing business as NYC Ferry). He leads one of the largest and fastest growing charter, dining cruise, and ferry operating companies in the nation.

04 Apr 2018

Richard Mueller Named Fellow by SNAME

Richard Mueller (Photo: NETSCo)

NETSCo president and CEO Richard A. Mueller has been nominated by his peers and approved by the Fellows Committee to be elevated to Fellow membership in the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). Mueller has been a SNAME member for more than 39 years and has held various elected positions including four terms as Chairman for the Great Lakes/Great Rivers Section, F.V.P. of Planning/Public Policy and he currently serves as the Functional Vice President of Membership as well as on the Council and the Executive Committee.

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