(SEATTLE, Wash.: Jan. 8, 2009) Jensen Maritime Consultants, Inc., a Crowley company, has been contracted to provide naval architecture and marine engineering expertise to Fairhaven Shipyard of Bellingham, Wash. for Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) upgrades and renovations to the Alaska Marine Highway System passenger/ vehicle ferry, M/V Kennicott.
The $5.5 million project kicked off in October 2009 and is scheduled for completion in February 2010. Jensen is developing detailed designs for upgrades and renovations to the vessel including modifications to the marine growth prevention system and replacement of the marine evacuation system with new inflatable slides with linking life rafts. The evacuation system upgrade requires significant modifications to both the sun and boat deck structures and support systems.
Other major design work includes calculations and drawings to provide a new primary salt water cooling circuit for the ship's refrigeration condensers and new high pressure, high capacity air compressors and receivers to enhance the main engine air start capability. Jensen will also provide plans for the fire sprinkler system, side port doors, exterior ADA ramps and installation of a new satellite antenna for enhanced communications and Internet services.
"At the end of this project, Jensen will have revised many of Kennicott's general drawings to maintain consistent and up-to-date records of the vessel's updated configuration," said Jonathan Parrot, vice president and general manager, Jensen. "Our focus is on helping our partners to achieve better profitability with their vessels. We hope that the improvements being made will support that."
Jensen is a naval architecture and marine engineering firm located in Seattle that offers a diverse range of services developed from experience around the world. Jensen, formerly B.F. Jensen & Associates, has been a recognized leader in the design of all types of vessels for over 40 years, including workboats and passenger and fishing vessels. The company's excellent reputation is built on a long history of successful designs and conversions with close attention to engineering basics. Jensen's international on-site consulting services can provide customers with assistance anywhere in the world.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 117-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its TITAN Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.