Join the HEC Team - Employment Opportunity for Marine Engineer - Annapolis, MD Office

Join the HEC Team – Marine Engineer – Annapolis, MD office

This position requires a good working knowledge of all machinery and mechanical systems on commercial vessels. A full understanding of the demands of the marine and shipboard environment, international equipment and operating standards, and current industry practice is expected. The successful applicant will support vessel owners/operators with designs for new vessels, vessel construction programs, lifecycle maintenance and repair, major and minor modifications, energy efficiency measures, and regulatory approvals. A working knowledge of Naval Architecture would be a benefit as some projects combine elements of Naval Architecture and ship structure with Marine Engineering. It is planned for this position to be located in the HEC Annapolis, MD office.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Prepare designs for new main propulsion and auxiliary machinery systems installations, including appropriate calculations, and obtain regulatory approvals

• Prepare both conceptual and details designs of ballast water treatment and exhaust scrubber systems, including structural modifications and supports

• Prepare designs for both liquid and dry cargo handling systems

• Troubleshoot and solve mechanical system problems that may arise in shipboard machinery or related cargo or cargo systems

• Design repairs and upgrades to existing equipment and systems

• Oversee installation of machinery and mechanical equipment on board ship

• Able to give guidance on the proper operation of machinery and ensure functionality at optimum levels

• Act as consultant and advise clients on the general nature of electrical systems and materials including what alternatives are available

• Perform shipboard energy surveys and make recommendations on improving energy efficiency in equipment and operational procedures

Skills and Capabilities

• Proven experience in the design of new propulsion and mechanical systems and modifications to existing systems

• Experience with trouble shooting existing systems and M&R issues

• Have demonstrated knowledge and experience with energy savings measures, high efficiency components, and operating procedures

• Knowledge of AutoCAD, Rhino and/or other 3D modeling and design tools. Good knowledge of Excel. Pipe flow calculations knowledge also a benefit

• Experience with relevant Class Rules and US and International regulations and codes

• Practical operating and/or Shipyard design office experience a plus

• Working knowledge of marine electrical power generation and distribution systems

• Working knowledge of naval architecture and ship structure design

• Able to work as a member of a group and independently in support of client


• Have good written and spoken communication skills

• Able to develop projects from concept to completion

• Able to estimate work scope, make budgets and schedules, and manage projects

• Able and willing to travel internationally from time to time

• Able and willing to perform inspections and supervise work on board ships and in

shipyards from time to time. This may involve strenuous activity, proper use of PPE, and

exposure to industrial workplace hazards

• Able to think creatively to solve complex problems

Education and Qualifications

• A PE or Marine Engineer license or equivalent is preferred

• BS Degree in Marine Engineering or closely related Mechanical Engineering specialty

• At least 5 years of related experience, however, someone with 10 or more years of

experience will also be favorably considered. Compensation to suit experience and


For additional information or to submit an indication of interest please email Spencer Schilling at

Kaimana Hila Christened by Tulsi Gabbard

The second vessel in the Matson Aloha Class, a sister vessel to Daniel K. Inouye,  was recently christened as Kaimana Hila at Philly Shipyard Inc. by United States Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii.  This new ship will soon join its sister in the US West Coast to Hawaii trade.  The Aloha Class ships are the largest containerships ever built in the USA and incorporate a number of “green ship technology” features while providing a quick and efficient service for Matson’s customers. 

Herbert Engineering Corp. has been engaged with Matson in an engineering support role since concept development for the Aloha Class began. We are proud to have helped with contract and detailed design review, specialized engineering analysis, and evaluation of design features. HEC also hosted the site supervision/inspection services through the entire construction process at Philly Shipyard Inc.


Concept Development of Large Cryogenic Liquid Transport of High Value Gases

Herbert Engineering Corp of Alameda, CA has been selected by Agility Gas Technology of Park Ridge NJ to develop a ship design concept that will capitalize on Agility’s novel, less expensive yet safer technology to build large atmospheric-pressure cryogenic-liquid chemical transport ships. Specific designs are under development for very large volume liquid ethylene, ethane and propylene transport.

According to Charles Matar, CEO of Agility, "Our choice to engage HEC was an easy one since HEC has vast experience in Naval Architecture and Engineering including the design of Very Large Liquefied Gas Carriers in support of LNG projects.”

Agility Gas Technology’s unique patented technology promises to significantly improve the efficiency and safety of the transportation of High Value Gases.  “We are very happy to be a part of this project supporting Agility Gas with this design development”, added Spencer Schilling, President of HEC.

HEC provides ship design, engineering analysis, and marine consulting services to shipowners, operators, charterers, shipyards, and government agencies worldwide. Our primary area of expertise is in the conceptual, preliminary, and contract design of commercial vessels. We have extensive experience in newbuildings and conversions of tankers, LNG carriers, containerships, break-bulk carriers, and ro-ro’s


Scrubber For Existing Vessels - Retrofit Solutions

Jesse Senkel from Herbert Engineering’s Houston office took part in a panel discussion about “Scrubber for existing vessels – Retrofit solutions”  at the Americas Sulphur Cap 2020 Conference, where he talked about Herbert Engineering’s experience in designing scrubber systems for a variety of different ship types. The discussion was very interesting, touching upon the different aspects of choosing between scrubbers and compliant fuel. If you missed this opportunity, you can meet Jesse at CMA between April 2nd and 4th in Stamford, CT.

Wreck Removal of SE Panthea

HEC Presentation at Salvage & Wreck Asia 2018

HEC Director Rob Tagg will present “Wreck Removal of the SE Panthea” on September 26th at 11:20 am during the Salvage & Wreck Asia 2018 Conference in Singapore. The innovative technical lessons learned will be revealed through a description of the wreck removal based on the SE Panthea’s unique conditions. Matt Zheng of Zhengli Offshore Salvage and Engineering will join him in addressing casualty operation and management for the wreck removal.


The bulk carrier SE Panthea was beached by typhoon Hatto on August 23, 2017 on a small unmanned island in the Pearl River Estuary between Macau and Hong Kong. Initially all pumpable bunkers were removed, followed by the cargo, hatch covers, tween decks, cranes and anchors & chain. The conditions of the hard aground position from beaching at high tide and the typhoon storm surge informed our strategy to separate and remove the wreck by in 9 blocks by 1200 ton floating crane.

After removing the accommodation and engine room sections, we formed a new plan to remove the forebody refloating as a single section. We used a combination of dewatering the intact spaces and pressurizing damaged some double bottom and wing tank spaces, along with additional bow lift from the floating crane.

The forebody was successfully refloated at high tide on January 29th 2018 and was towed to a nearby submersible heavy lift barge for scrapyard transport.

Hope to see you there on the 26th!
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