layout & scantling drawings using AutoCAD R.13 on the "Aids to Navigation Service
Vessel" designed by Hart Fenton.
by the fabrication drawings, which included the Fore Peak, Thruster and Anchor
integration, on the vessel being built by Damen Shipyards in Rumania with the final out
fitting to be in Holland.
On a previous visit to
Nevesbu in 1996, I prepared architectural and structural drawings with AutoCAD 12 on
Bluewater's GLAS DOWR
This project was to
convert a double skin oil tanker into a Floating Production Storage & Offloading
facility (F.P.S.O.) for use by Amerada Hess in the North Sea Oil Field.
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Originally from a
shipbuilding background, I have considerable and varied experience in Marine
& Offshore Design and possess a disciplined approach including the
motivation to work without supervision or as a member of a project team
dedicated to the ultimate goal.
I served a Naval
Architectural Design Drawing Office apprenticeship at Swan Hunter Shipbuilders
on the Tyne during the days of the Super Tankers in the Sixties and early
Seventies, which included over two years school and shop floor experience with
external studies up to HNC level.
In 1974 I left the Tyne
for Vosper Thornycroft in Southampton on the GRP Minesweepers followed by two
years in Halifax Nova Scotia on structural detailing on Semi-Submersibles &
a Drillship, before moving to Newfoundland for the construction of two similar
Anchor Handling Tugs.
In 1978 I arrived at MIL's
shipyard in Sorel, Quebec for a period of more than a year for the construction
and final outfitting of a series of Container Vessels. After a period at
Collingwood Shipyard, Ontario, Canada working on Great Lake Bulk Carriers, I was
engaged by Bell Aerospace to loft existing GRP air intake cowlings from Military
Hovercraft to assist in accurate close tolerance productions for future
1981 saw a return to
Marystown, Newfoundland, to prepare steelwork drawings on fishing trawlers,
following an interesting fifteen months at Saint John Shipbuilders in New
Brunswick. Where I worked on the design & fabrication of the stern
structure, rudder, stock and shaft spectacle frame bossings including shell
& framing expansions of a Ice Class Ro-Ro ferry intended for all year
sailing's to Prince Edward Island.
After returning to the UK
in 1982 I visited Sandefjord, Norway for structural detailing and preparation of
hydrostatic documentation. Later the same year I was involved in a NATO project
to convert a standard container vessel into a Combat Helicopter Support Vessel.
Using the next hatch cover as a Heli-Pad an elevator with intermediate decks
replaced the central containers. With entry through the elevator machinery house
on the hatchcover over, the side containers were converted into repair workshops
& stores for heli maintenance.
In 1983 I became
associated with ITM Offshore modifying the crane hook & boom jib on the
crane barge Mariner to Lloyds Approval followed by working within the Project
Management Team on the Design, Construction & Installation of the ITM
Flexiport at Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands.
Norway a country enjoyed
by all my family served as home for over a year in Alesund, where I worked on a
variety of Factory Trawlers & Refrigerated Container vessels. Many years
later in 1996 we all had a summer in Kristiansand at Westamarin while I worked
on the conceptual feasibility study for the fabrication of the waterjet
foundations and intake structure of the STENA HSS 900 high speed twin hull ferry
1985 & 86 was an
enjoyable period in the early days of Northern Ocean Services on Teeside when I
prepared a conceptual design package of a Multi-Purpose OSV for BP, followed by
a more in depth study for BT Marine of the same with Dive Support and Pipe/Cable
Laying capabilities. This design reached Bid Tender stage when reduced oil
prices, put the project on hold.
At the end of 1987 I was
engaged to support the installation of a Heli-Deck on the Northern Venturer,
which included structural modifications and strengthening, piping and revised
Fire & Safety Plan liasing with Lloyds Register for Approval with site
supervision through to completion.
engaged me during 1988 to manage the design, detail, fabrication and supervision
of sub-contractors on a ferry modification project, to install a tween deck
vehicle hatch/ramp. The ramp was capable of transferring articulated lorries and
cars up to the exterior vehicle deck, which when raised with the last two
lorries formed a flush watertight Upper deck.
At the Tees Offshore Base
drydock in 1989, I managed a team of detailers for Cable & Wireless, while
supervising sub-contractors and site construction during the modifications to an
OSV, adding cable storage tank, gantry and transfer equipment to lay subsea
During 1989 working for a
sub-contractor of McTay Marine, I drew the structural fabrication design to
incorporate the Voith Schnieder propulsion thruster and fairing guard into the
hull of a harbour tug, involving modifications to the shell and framing
Prior to the introduction
of CAD to the smaller shipyards in 1990 I prepared bi-lingual class &
fabrication drawings of a 9500 dwt L.P.G. carrier being built for Scottish
owners with class approval by Germanischer Lloyds at Brand Werft in Oldenburg in
I visited BMT Offshore in
Aberdeen during 1993 where I prepared detail drawings and feasibility studies on
various vessels to give Dive Support and Standby/Rescue capabilities. I also
visited Global Maritime in London on a FSU tanker conversion feasibility study
for Marathon Oil.
In 1997 I spent eight
months in Louisiana, at North American preparing structural detail drawings on a
variety of OSV's and Anchor Handling vessels for use in the Gulf of Mexico with
AutoCAD 14. Having moved from manual Pen & Ink draughting in 1993 when
during a quiet work period, I bought my first computer with an AutoCAD license
paying for one on one tuition at Loughborough University, I entered the world of
Computer Aided Design.
Recently I gained FPSO
experience at Nevesbu in Holland & Harland & Wolff in Belfast on
Bluewaters Glas Dowr and BP's Schiehallion projects returning later to Nevesbu
to prepare fabrication detailing for Damen Shipbuilders on a Navigational Aids