As a part of Professor Bradley D.M. Golden’s ’99 Ship Design 1 (SD1) class, the juniors spent the first two-and-a-half months of the spring semester preparing their first complete concept designs.
Using the knowledge they’ve gained in their nearly three years studying at Webb and the experiences from their winter work periods to date, this was the students’ first opportunity to apply the naval architecture and marine engineering principles they’ve studied including stability, ship’s structures, main machinery systems, auxiliary systems, resistance and propulsion, and electrical engineering.
Working in small groups of three and four, the students selected one of the vessel types and took their first couple of spins around the design spiral to prepare vessel concept designs. To help make the project as realistic as possible, members of industry familiar with each of the vessel types helped prepare the statements of design requirements that each of the designs had to meet. To challenge the students even further, one or two “curveballs” were thrown into each design statement to make the students think long and hard about how they would achieve their objectives.
At the end of the spring semester, the students presented their final designs to their fellow students, faculty, and members of industry who served as part of an evaluation team. After three years at Webb, the Junior class can now say with confidence that they’re familiar with the design process and are well on their way to joining the fields of naval architecture and marine engineering.
Spring 2021 projects - The Class of 2022
Designers: Anika Breza, Rudy Caligure, Luke Kiely, and Rebecca Teitelbaum
Vessel Type: Polar Icebreaker
The USCGC Skadi will support the U.S. Coast Guard’s missions in polar waters. It will have Search and Rescue capability, provide resupply to remote stations, and facilitate safe navigation through waterway maintenance and ship escort. It will also support law enforcement, scientific research, and environmental protection response.
Designers: Jonas Armstrong, Addison Harris, Kevin O’Keefe, and Gracie Schmitz
Vessel Type: Inland Waterways Dredge
This self-propelled cutter suction dredger with hopper capacity will support maritime operations within the Nigerian Lagos Lagoon and associated waterways through channel deepening and maintenance dredging. It is designed to operate at extremely shallow drafts and has capability for offshore discharge of spoils.
MV Pasture of the Seas
Designers: Calder Hartigan and Minh Tran
Vessel Type: Livestock Carrier
The vessel is designed to export dairy cattle from the East and West coasts of the United States to customers overseas in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. The vessel is of a closed design to protect the livestock, and it has the ability to sail through the Panama Canal and operate year-round.
Designers: Kevin Becker, Toni-Marie Gossage, and Kyle Oliver
Vessel Type: U.S. Coast Guard Motor Lifeboat
To replace the U.S. Coast Guard fleet of 52-foot Special Purpose Craft-Heavy Weather (SPC-HWX), conduct fast-response offshore search & rescue missions including towing and persons in water (PIW) recovery, self-right in 30 seconds or less if knocked down by waves or surf, and serve as a safe & stable platform to provide the Coast Guard with an asset that can respond quickly to an emergency.
Designers: Christopher Hamilton, Liam Keady, and Jim Rodgers
Vessel Type: Pilot Boat Mother Ship
The primary mission of the vessel is to serve as the mother ship for a fleet of four fully electric pilot tenders that will transport pilots to and from commercial ships transiting in the Chesapeake Bay region. The vessel is designed to recharge, launch, and recover the pilot tenders as well as perform emergency search and rescue, oil spill recovery, and towing operations.
RV J. Ryan
Designers: Flora Grilli, Nathan Johnson, Sasha Kritsuk, and Jensen McTighe
Vessel Type: Research Vessel
The RV J. Ryan is a regional class research vessel designed as a multi-disciplinary research platform that will operate in the near-shore regions of Western Europe from the Baltic Sea to the Mediterranean. The vessel is equipped to conduct 30-day oceanographic missions examining coastal water circulation, ecosystem dynamics, marine fisheries, and climate change.
Manaus to Tefé
Designers: Juliette Lehman, Ben Lilly, Ioana Mirica, David Ockers
Vessel Type: Amazon River RoPax Ferry
The Amazon River RoPax Ferry will provide safe, affordable travel between the cities of Manaus and Tefé. Three intermediate stops will be made along the route and passengers can join or disembark at any stop along the route. Cargo storage will be provided for any passengers looking to move bulk or refrigerated cargo.