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 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 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.

Under the US Department of Homeland Security's Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, the Tacoma Fire Department received $750,000 to refit the city's fireboat COMMENCEMENT. Art Anderson Associates teamed with BMT Nigel Gee of the United Kingdom to provide engineering design and consultation for the renovation and refit of the vessel.

The first phase of the project involved a comprehensive trade-off study that examined and balanced the needs and specifications of the Tacoma Fire Department and the budgetary constraints of the DHS grant. Art Anderson Associates examined the operational and financial practicality of proposed upgrades and modifications and will provide recommendations to the department.

Art Anderson Associates provided structural; propulsion; pumping, hydraulic and electrical system; and command and control modification engineering and design. Included with this design package was a detailed cost estimate and construction schedule. Art Anderson Associates also served as the Fire Department's representative in the bid and construction phase, negotiating between the owner and contractor, resolving engineering problems and maintaining weight control data.

COMMENCEMENT is one of two fireboats operating in the Tacoma Fire Department. The vessel was built in 1982 by Vosper Hovermarine as a multipurpose fiberglass surface effect ship (SES). The vessel has two 445bhp marine diesel engines powering two 19-inch propellers and a 285bhp marine diesel engine that provides power to six 24-inch aluminum alloy fans, which, when engaged, maintain an air cushion beneath the vessel. This cushion allows the COMMENCEMENT to achieve speeds of up to 30 knots and maintain a stable ride in choppy seas. Since 1983, the vessel has provided fire suppression, search and rescue, evacuation, hazardous materials response and emergency medical service for the city. The COMMENCEMENT's service area includes the Port of Tacoma, the sixth-largest container port in the United States.

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 is the lead naval architect/marine engineer developing the design of a Portable Floating Fish Collector (PFFC) for operations in the Cougar Reservoir in Oregon. The purpose of this device is to gather additional information on juvenile fish movement in Willamette Valley Project reservoirs, representing a cost-effective means of safely obtaining juvenile fish for research and monitoring. The PFFC is designed to be modular, able to be disassembled for roadway transport to other reservoirs, and generates an attraction flow that can be varied from 20-140 cfs. The anchoring system accommodates up to a 200-foot variation in reservoir water level, including rapid fluctuations. Using a series of winches, the anchoring is designed to allow the PFFC orientation to be changed. The anchors are easily-retrieved for redeployment. Power is provided by a subsurface cable to shore, which also carries operational and instrumentation reading data.

The role of Art Anderson Associates on the project includes preparation of a bid-ready construction package for project elements that include complete structural design of the PFFC vessel (except the fish collection module), mooring system, and subsea cable. Our services also included developing a marine operations plan for deployment, recovery, and disassembly of the PFFC, and deployment and retrieval plans for the anchoring and mooring system.

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.

On behalf of the Washington State Department of Transportation, Art Anderson Associates (AAA) completed a project to survey the condition of a bridge tender workboat used to conduct inspections and maintenance of the Interstate 90 floating bridge in Seattle, Washington. The scope of the project included conducting a complete survey of the existing vessel's condition and preparing a Preliminary Study Report to document with text and photographs the "as found" conditions. A follow-on Refurbishment/New Workboat Assessment Report was prepared to serve as the basis for the State's decision to proceed with refurbishment or replacement of the vessel.

The survey included hull, cabin, compartments, engines, outdrives, controls, crane, electrical systems, plumbing, hydraulics, and all mechanical systems. The Preliminary Study Report provided a listing of all items surveyed, conditions found, and initial recommendations broken down into a standard Ship Work Breakdown System (SWBS) format.

For the subsequent Refurbishment/New Workboat Assessment Report, AAA personnel developed the options of refurbishing the vessel or purchasing a new workboat. This effort involved defining the refurbishment work items that were used to develop the cost estimates, identifying equipment upgrades with similar size and rated capacity to current equipment, and defining improvements that meet all current applicable codes and standards, such as Tier 3 diesel engines. Work items spanned numerous ship systems, including mechanical, propulsion, controls, pilothouse systems, hull and coatings, crane, tank refurbishment, and fire suppression. The new construction option analysis incorporated all vessel mission requirements, and also analyzed alternative delivery methods (new design/build, COTS design/build, or build per existing design). Both of these analyses involved development of cost estimates for the work packages, schedules for bid/design/construction, and for the new option, an estimate of the value of the existing workboat.

The next project deliverable was a feasibility study and cost/benefit analysis comparing the two options. This included definition of new construction design requirements, and identification of required/desired improvements. After State acceptance of the reports, the new construction option was selected, and a follow-on task was issued in which AAA is preparing the design package for construction, an effort that is currently underway. 

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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