BHGI awarded contract for Army Corps' Marine Design Center

(BRISTOL, R.I.) — Bristol Harbor Group Inc. (BHGI) was recently awarded an indefinite delivery contract (IDC) for naval architecture and marine engineering services for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Philadelphia District, Marine Design Center.

This contract continues BHGI’s partnership with the Marine Design Center (MDC). Some of the projects BHGI has worked on for the USACE include, but are not limited to, retrofits, finite element analyses, electric load analyses, vibration analyses, and computational fluid dynamics analyses as well as barge, towboat and dredge design.

In partnership with MDC since 2010, BHGI and the MDC team worked on a wide variety of projects both for the USACE and other federal agencies, including the United States Coast Guard and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Some of the projects included designing and engineering the modifications to lengthen the NASA barge Pegasus (from 260 feet to 310 feet) in order to carry the Space Launch System from Louisiana to Cape Kennedy, Fla.; investigating the viability of using various types of biodiesel on USACE vessels; performing a structural checks and providing structural modifications for crane barges; and performing an acoustical analysis of a replacement towboat, among other tasks.

Some of the more recent projects BHGI has worked on include designing the new mat boat, Armor One, for the Mat Sinking Unit; designing, sizing and specifying details for a wicket lifting system and maintenance crane for the Olmsted Locks and Dam wicket lifter; developing the design for the Quad Cities crane barge which was recently delivered; design work and technical assistance to modify and develop a multipurpose vessel design for the National Park Service serving the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island; and developing a contract level design for Driftmaster II, which will include a new hybrid-diesel-electric power system.

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By Professional Mariner Staff