AAA provided naval architecture and marine engineering services for the $7.45M refurbishment of the Alaska Marine Highway System ferry TUSTUMENA. The scope of work for the refurbishment project includes Electrical Distribution System transformer and shore power station upgrades; Clean Power system modifications; Propulsion Control system upgrades; Alarm and Monitoring System upgrades; design for emergency generator replacement; ADA Improvements to First Aid Room, Purser station and Dining Room; passenger and crew spaces improvements; fire pump replacement; OWS replacement; MSD upgrades; passenger elevator upgrades; significant steel replacement for vehicle deck and lift, tank and ship preservation coating renewal; and stability assessment, sea trial, overhaul and drydocking.

AAA prepared a Design Study Report, developed the PS&E shipyard contract technical design package, provided bid phase technical support, and construction phase support. Our services during the construction phase, which is currently underway, include review of condition found reports and issue resolution, review of shipyard-proposed drawing changes and shop drawings associated with the work package, development of test memoranda and test result reports, review of material procurement specifications and resolution of questions, technical review of equipment manuals and operating instructions, on-site assessment of work progress, technical support for review of stability documentation, update of electrical drawings and analyses to depict the final installed condition, an updated Fire Control Plan, a revised weight estimate, and all PM, Quality Assurance and administrative support for these tasks.  

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 was a subconsultant to Jacob’s Consultancy to provide ferry-specific expertise and planning services in support of a study for the Toronto Port Authority. The Port operates a small auto-passenger ferry system which connects the mainland with its island-based airport. With continued expansion and increasing traffic at the airport, the Port needed to investigate options for increasing capacity within a short timeline.

Art Anderson Associates met with Jacobs and the Port to brainstorm options for increasing capacity, and narrow options for analysis. We prepared preliminary designs, capacity estimates and cost estimates for a larger replacement auto ferry, second auto ferry and a passenger ferry. We then worked with Jacob’s and the client to identify the most viable option. The results were presented in a report to the Port, which is now proceeding to build a larger replacement vessel that will manage capacity in the years ahead.  

Under a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract with the US Navy, Art Anderson Associates is designing the next generation of multi-mission-capable aluminum amphibious craft employing an innovative hybrid-electric propulsion system. The vessel, designed to replace the existing LARC-V (Lighter, Amphibious Resupply, Cargo, 5-Ton) auxiliary amphibious craft, achieves the design goals outlined in the original SBIR topic, including a road-legal status, water speed of 20-plus knots, road speed of 45-plus miles per hour, one-short-ton cargo capacity, and off-road capability to exit an unimproved beach.

In Phase I, AAA completed a preliminary analysis and concept design. The current Phase II effort has included detailed planning, hull form development through tank model construction and testing, preliminary full scale design and analysis, aluminum hull structure design and optimization, and specifications development. Achieving this effort has involved naval architectural and structural, mechanical, and electrical design; cost estimating; technical analysis and study; and coordination of efforts with subcontractors responsible for construction of the prototype.

Art Anderson Associates provided naval architecture and marine engineering services for the reactivation of the NOAA Ship FAIRWEATHER. Originally commissioned with NOAA in 1968, the ship was deactivated in 1989, but a critical backlog of surveys for nautical charts in Alaska was a motivating factor to reactivate the ship in 2004.

Our scope of services for the reactivation included many intricate tasks. We prepared specification and installation drawings, to provide and install a suitable machinery monitoring and control system for an automated engine room. The system includes additional monitoring points for bilge alarms at all tank top locations throughout the ship, refrigerator and freezer alarms, chill water drain tank, and bow thruster critical points. We provided specification and installation drawings to provide and install a suitable fire alarm and detection system (FADS) in compliance with 46CFR 160.002, similar to that currently installed on the NOAA Ship Rainier.

Art Anderson Associates also successfully developed the fantail arrangement and foundation drawings. This task involved the integration of the foundation for the Conductivity, Temperature and Depth Instrument (CTD). The CTD is connected to the ship by means of a conducting cable and data are sent electronically through this cable, in real-time, to the scientists on the ship. We prepared installation drawings for the high speed high resolution (HSHR) winches and the installation of new fairlead padeyes. The fantail not only meets American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) standards for fantail arrangements, but also added improved mission capability to the vessel.

One of the most intricate tasks was preparing the specification and installation drawings for the installation of two steam boilers and the conversion of the existing hot water heating system to steam. This included sizing the boilers for the expected load for all consumers, including the new evaporators.

We also provided specs and drawings for the incinerator installation; evaporator installation, boat davit installation, food service modifications, living accommodation modifications, pilothouse modifications, elevator conversions, and greywater drain modifications.

The FAIRWEATHER is outfitted primarily for hydrographic survey missions, but is capable of many other functions that support various NOAA missions. She is equipped with multi-beam survey systems; high-speed, high-resolution side-scan sonar; position and orientation systems, hydrographic survey launches, and an on-board data-processing server. Increased mission space and deck machinery enable Fairweather to be tasked with anything from buoy operations to fisheries research cruises.

Art Anderson Associates is the lead naval architect/marine engineer for the development of a 1,000 cfs floating surface collector  at the North Fork Dam, a facility that is part of the Clackamas River Hydroelectric Project, owned and operated by Portland General Electric (PGE). Our role spanned multiple phases, including concept and contract design.

For the concept design, we were responsible for defining environmental loading criteria, establishing structural criteria, preparing a preliminary structural design, estimating loading on facility alternatives, mooring/anchorage design and the preparation of all associated drawings and associated project documentation. Technical memorandums addressed environmental conditions, FSC loading, mooring systems, constructability trade-offs and belly tank design considerations. We were also responsible for preparing the weight estimate, hydrostatic analysis and other trim and stability tasks.

For the Final/100% design phase, Art Anderson Associates revised weight and stability calculations, prepared 3D models of the FSC structure and systems to identify interferences, and developed drawings and specifications for the FSC structure, bilge and ballast systems, sounding tube and vent system, HVAC systems, mooring design, and general arrangements. We also updated construction cost estimates to reflect FSC fabrication and assembly in a remote location, and incorporated all known assembly site development, mobilization, demobilization and site restoration costs.

During the construction procurement phase, Art Anderson Associates has been responsible for preparing responses to RFIs and providing technical support for contractor change orders.

Art Anderson Associates has held naval architecture and marine engineering contracts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for more than twenty-five years, and have been responsible for successfully completing hundreds of tasks in support of the NOAA Pacific and Atlantic fleets. Through the course of these contracts, we've gained unparalleled understanding of the unique needs and characteristics of research vessels. Our work on NOAA tasks has included a number of general science mission requirements, including:

  • Winches and Trawl Equipment, including foundations, structures and rigging systems
  • Bottom and Floating Net Equipment
  • Hydroacoustic Equipment
  • Overside Handling Equipment, including masts, booms, davits, frames and handling gear
  • Additional Handling Equipment, including scientific data gathering systems like sampling devices, sonar systems, ROVs and a host of specialized systems
  • Laboratories, including both wet and dry laboratories

In addition to providing our services for these science mission systems, we have a wealth of experience in designing conventional shipboard systems within the context of a research vessel envelope. This experience includes new and renovation designs for:

  • Vessel Arrangements
  • Propulsion and Steering Systems
  • Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Seawater and Freshwater Piping and Cooling Systems
  • Electrical Power and Lighting Systems
  • Fire Alarm and Suppression Systems
  • Sewage, Bilge and Graywater Systems
  • Ballast, Fuel Oil and Potable Water Systems
  • Masts, Bulkheads and Other Ship Structures
  • Pilothouse/Bridge Equipment and Systems
  • Office and Food Service Equipment and Systems
  • Life Safety Equipment
  • Vessel Trim and Stability
  • Vessel Hull Form and Powering

While NOAA has shifted away from use of IDIQ contracts for these services, Art Anderson Associates continues to support the agency through task orders under our active GSA Schedule contract.

Art Anderson Associates was retained by the City and County of Honolulu to develop a demonstration intra-island ferry operation service on Oahu. The scope of work included carrying out the feasibility study, market analysis, environmental impact, assessment of public awareness, development of an operational profile, definition of suitable vessels, negotiation with potential operators, and monitoring of the project's performance for 12 months after the beginning of the operation. Art Anderson Associates was also involved with the funding process by reviewing and offering input to the City during the application process for federal funding.

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GSA Schedule Contract

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