50,000 dwt Product Tankers for APT - Kinder Morgan

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Herbert Engineering (HEC) was able to assemble and manage a cost effective team consisting of four key inspectors plus supplemental inspectors as needed for American Petroleum Tanker-Kinder Morgan for the construction of four 50,000 ton dwt product tankers at Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI) from start of construction on 2015 through delivery of the fourth tanker in November 2017. 

The team worked closely with PSI to ensure quality construction, high quality coating application and testing of all systems were carried out to deliver high quality vessels to the owner. All four vessels were delivered on time, on budget and without any major deficiencies and have proved successful in service so far.  HEC through use of its own engineers and its network of engineering relationships was able to supplement the inspection team as needed to meet inspection needs for multiple ships under construction at the same time. 

HEC technical management also provided assistance to the inspection team and helped provide solutions to issues that arose during construction, to ensure the vessels fully met the owner’s requirements. This included issues relating to damage to the main engine of the last vessel after arrival at the shipyard that required it to be fully rebuilt at the factory,  

Overall, HEC was able to deliver the full suite of inspection services to APT-KM at less than budgeted cost and at a cost significantly below competing proposals.   

GCaptain also featured an article about the ships here.

“Thanks for your teams hard and dedicated work on the project. We could not have done without the team you assembled!”
— David Farrell - APT Kinder Morgan

HEC presents Committee report on USCG Polar Icebreakers

USCGC Healy Breaks Ice

USCGC Healy Breaks Ice

On Nov 17th, HEC's Eugene van Rynbach presented the findings of the report "Acquisition and Operation of Polar Icebreakers: Fulfilling the Nation’s Needs" to the American Society of Naval Engineers Arctic Day.

The report was produced by the Committee on Polar Icebreaker Cost Assessment of which Eugene is a member. The full report can be read here

NSMV Video Visualisation

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(Annapolis, MD) To help visualise the purpose and design of the National Security Multi-Mission Vessel (NSMV), MARAD commissioned a video showcasing the capabilities of the vessel, and putting into context the urgent need for both cadet training and disaster relief.

A highlights version of the video was produced that focused on the design aspects of the vessel:

The full length version may be found below:

Videos produced by D3DD Studio


(Livorno, IT) Herbert Engineering served as a consultant to the salvage refloating operation of the drydock Meditteraneo and the research vessel Urania lying inside. A full article describing the operation can be found here. During the lifting operation a year earlier the vessel listed to the portside and fell from the keel blocks. In the subsequent response a leak caused the pump rooms to flood which put all drydock pumping and control systems out of service.

An Italian naval architect, Alessio Gnecco, of Stige Maritime was hired by the dock manager to prepare the refloating operation, with the Urania to be kept stable on the dock floor in the position she originally fell in. To assist in this task he obtained the cooperation of Herbert Engineering, to develop a refloating sequence and the design of the stabilizing devices.

On September 15, 2016 the refloating operation was kicked off with HEE managing director Luca Letizia attending to monitor stability, trim, list and stresses with HECSalv and to suggest corrective actions should they be found advisable. The refloating operation was a complete success, with the dock safely floating about 12 hours after pumps were first started. The photo shows the assembled team for the refloating operation, including HEC’s Luca Letizia. A video showing the full operation can be found here.