Art Anderson Associates provided naval architecture and marine engineering services for the conversion of the Ex-USNS AGATE PASS (YTT-12), a former torpedo test craft, into a NOAA research vessel. The converted vessel, now named the NANCY FOSTER, was outfitted to conduct coastal research along the US Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Our services were performed as a series of conversion tasks under our IDIQ contract with NOAA for naval architecture and marine engineering services. These tasks include engineering design for:

  • De-militarization of the ship by removing all torpedo systems, including ejection tanks, handling and firing equipment, void tanks, torpedo hold support structures and high-pressure compressed air system.
  • Installation of shell closure plate to close off torpedo tunnel openings, watertight bulkheads in the torpedo hold to create multi-use spaces, inclined ladder access and equipment access hatches to the new spaces.
  • Installation of new watertight flats to create a new stores space and exercise/MSD room.
  • Installation of a new watertight door and inclined ladder to create an auxiliary machinery room with a main deck enclosure structure.
  • Modification of bilge/ballast and fuel oil piping to convert ballast tanks to fuel oil storage.
  • Installation of a new 5.7 m SOLAS rescue boat, davit, and associated equipment
  • Installation of one new 25-foot survey launch, davit, and associated equipment
  • Installation of a new J-frame (SWL 5,000 pounds) with new Markey winches and other associated equipment.
  • Installation of a new A-frame (SWL 20,000 pounds) with a constant-tension winch and associated equipment
  • Installation of a new man-rated aft knuckle boom crane (SWL, at 40 foot reach, 10,000 pounds).
  • Replacement of main deck edge railings with a bulwark and installation of portable lifelines and deck edge rubber rub rail, except in way of A-frame and J-frame openings.
  • Installation of a new marine sanitation device and related sewage piping modifications.
  • Installation of a new walk-in refrigerator/freezer.
  • Installation of a new double-plate, spade rudder and new steering gear equipment.
  • Stability assessment, revision of damaged stability calculations and new trim and stability booklet.

NANCY FOSTER's mission includes the characterization of various habitats in NOAA's National Marine Sanctuaries, pollution assessments and studies to improve understanding of the connection between marine habitats and estuaries. These missions support scientific data collection through bottom fish trawling, sediment sampling, side-scan sonar and multi-beam surveying, sub-bottom profiling, core sampling, diving with air and NITROX, ROV operations, and servicing oceanographic/atmospheric surface and subsurface buoys. The vessel employs state-of-the-art navigation and propulsion systems that result in high quality and efficient data collection.

Art Anderson Associates provided Housing Kitsap (formerly the Kitsap Consolidated Housing Authority) construction management services for this $25 million, multi-agency government facility. Services included owner's site representation, assistance negotiating change order pricing, coordination with City Public Works division and local utility companies, frequent KCCHA management updates on potential construction cost impacts to the project budget and schedule monitoring/management. We served as the primary interface with all government tenants, including Congressman Norm Dicks, the City of BremertonKitsap County Health DistrictKitsap County Offices, and the Bremerton Housing Authority for design and construction of tenant improvements in a cost-effective and timely manner. The project was completed in 2004.

Art Anderson Associates served as a subconsultant to Nelson-Nygaard Consulting Associates for this project to develop a comprehensive passenger-only ferry strategy for the central Puget Sound region in Washington State. The project sponsor, the Puget Sound Regional Council, is the designated metropolitan planning organization for the region, and is incorporating the study's results into its future planning efforts.

Our role on the project was to serve as the passenger ferry system expert, providing input regarding vessels, terminals, operations and governance. 14 existing and potential ferry routes were identified as needing in-depth analysis. Based on modeling assumptions provided by the client, AAA developed comprehensive operational profiles for each of the candidate routes. These profiles included a detailed cost analysis for capital and operating expenses, draft schedules designed to meet passenger demand and analysis of potential terminal locations. Other work included conducting a worldwide peer assessment designed to share industry best practices, analyzing environmental impacts and intermodal connectivity, and supporting the consultant team and client's questions with expert ferry system knowledge.

For more information, including access to project documents, visit the project's page on the PSRC website.

Art Anderson Associates has provided Homeland Security Implementation Engineering services for Washington State Ferries (WSF) since 2003. The initial contract grew out of the award of Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Port Security grants for pilothouse/engine room security enhancements aboard twelve WSF vessels and camera/physical security enhancements for five WSF terminals.  In 2011, Art Anderson Associates was awarded a follow-on contract that extends our exclusive support role through 2013.

The contract scope of work entails all consultant services for the design of an integrated access control and video monitoring (ACVM) system across both vessels and terminals, an essential factor in a coordinated security plan. Our team has designed surveillance, monitoring and recording equipment and software installations; intrusion alarm systems; access control systems; and overall integration with WSF's network. The work has also included vendor interface/support with the IT contractor, development and maintenance of a comprehensive equipment catalog, development of photo identification badges for all WSF employees, architectural/civil/structural design for triangle route terminal modifications, construction support during and after installation and participation in various meetings with vendor and WSF personnel.

Art Anderson Associates (AAA) was the Prime Consultant providing master planning and design services for the Bremerton Harbor Improvement Master Planning and Marina Expansion, and integration of the project into other waterfront redevelopment projects and funding sources. The Harbor Master Plan includes the Bremerton Marina expansion, improved Passenger Ferry Terminal facilities, boundary adjustments to the Port's Harbor control area, and a comprehensive review and adjustment to the Bremerton outer harbor line.

The $34M marina expansion project added a new 8,000-long-ton displacement floating breakwater system and provides approximately 300 new berths. In addition to up-front planning and grant assistance, AAA provided full civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering design for the entire project. This includes all the marina floats and berths, the breakwater, re-engineering of the USS Turner Joy's moorage and passenger ferry terminal improvements. AAA also provided bid support and construction management services. AAA consistently interfaced with Port personnel, ensuring their needs and issues are addressed throughout the course of the project.

A wave/wake study for this project was conducted by subconsultant Coast & Harbor Engineering, and resulted in development of new design standards that are expected to eventually be adopted as an international design standard for floating wave attenuation. For the study phase of the project, AAA designed the new breakwater system for Bremerton using the new harbor protection criteria together with a series of physical models that were tested at the Oregon State University's O.H. Hinsdale Wave Research Laboratory in Corvallis, Oregon. The state-of-the-art breakwater design was featured in a presentation at the ASCE PORTS 2007 Conference as a model for reliable and cost-effective harbor protection. The marina expansion project was also the recipient of the Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award from both the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Seattle Section and West Region, and was a nominee for the national award.

Art Anderson Associates led the development of a business plan to provide high-speed passenger-only ferry service from Bellingham to Friday Harbor. The Whatcom Council of Governments, in partnership with the Port of Bellingham and the Port of Friday Harbor envision the ferry service as a critical commercial link between the two thriving communities. The plan builds on the results of a demonstration service, which operated in the winter months of 2005-2006.

The business plan encompassed all aspects of the prospective service, addressing its viability, operations and impact on the local economy. Art Anderson Associates utilized its proprietary FerryPro™ software to develop an operational model and pro-forma financial statements. Our ridership and financial analyses established the baseline for service scheduling, pricing and compensation for the contracted operator.

An economic impact model was developed by our subconsultant, the Western Washington University Small Business Development Center, and we examined the economic "ripple effect" of the infusion of new jobs and the resultant commerce from the new connection between the cities. We also analyzed the cost of alternative travel, both in financial (ticket and travel cost) and environmental terms (greenhouse gas emissions). The result of our efforts is a firm foundation on which a successful service can be further developed, built and operated.

Art Anderson Associates is partnered with Fairbanks-based Design Alaska to provide engineering services and program support for the establishment of Ship Energy Efficiency Management Plans (SEEMPs) for three vessels in the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) fleet. Because AMHS operates ferries that cross international boundaries, new International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules necessitate the creation of these plans. The purpose of the plans is to establish a mechanism for the agency to improve the energy efficiency of a ship’s operation, and utilizes the four steps of planning, implementation, monitoring, and self-evaluation/improvement.

The scope of this effort began with a comprehensive review of the applicable IMO requirements and provide a clear understanding of how these requirements apply to AMHS vessels. Examples of existing fleet energy management programs, available analysis tools, and established SEEMP templates were evaluated to identify options for plan development. Following this information-gathering and analysis effort, draft SEEMPs will be developed.

The second phase of the project is the refinement of the SEEMPs based on underway and pierside vessel energy audits. These audits will be conducted by a small team utilizing appropriate data sheets and measurement tools, such as temperature and flow measurement devices, portable data loggers, and analysis of ship records. The energy audit results will be used to identify ship-specific measures for energy efficiency improvements, as well as broader recommendations to ensure the long-term success of the programs. Examples of measures under consideration include improved voyage planning and weather routing, speed optimization, trim and ballast optimization, hull maintenance, waste heat recovery, improved cargo handling, and use of alternative energy sources.

Art Anderson Associates provided naval architecture and marine engineering services for in the conversion of the ex-USNS INDOMITABLE (T-AGOS-7) into a multidisciplinary ocean-going research vessel. The converted vessel, now the MCARTHUR II, conducts oceanographic research and assessments, throughout the eastern Pacific, including the U.S. West Coast, Central and South America.

Our tasking included providing designs for this conversion to match that of the MCARTHUR II's sister ship, the HI'IALAKAI. Conversion work items included the installation of a new mission deck above the main deck aft; extension of the forecastle deck; installation of a new A-frame, J-frame, knuckle boom deck crane, oceanographic winch, central hydraulic system with a new hydraulic power unit, Miranda work boat davit, and new anti-roll dump tank; relocation of the existing hydrographic winch; removal of various structures, including the raised winch control station house, and equipment incidental to the installations.

To save cost and provide commonality, the fleet drawings from previous conversions of were modified, based on an extensive shipcheck, to suit the MCARTHUR II. In addition to drawing development, purchase specifications were prepared for the oceanographic winch, hydraulic power unit and Miranda davit. Throughout the project, close liaison was maintained with NOAA's technical personnel to ensure timely transfer of needed information and resolution of problems. By ensuring that all of NOAA's requests for this project were discussed and resolved at our corporate internal resource meetings, we were able to allocate the necessary resources and time without delay in either schedule or increase in fiscal charges.

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Art Anderson Associates proudly serves Federal clients through our GSA Schedule contract for Professional Engineering Services (SIN 871).  For more information about the services we can provide, please look us up on GSA Advantage! or review our current Schedule catalog.

Contract Number: GS-10F-0159U
Contract Period: 3/12/2013-3/11/2018