May 2018

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Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Nieuw Amsterdam

Recently Martin & Ottaway had a job on the 2010 Nieuw Amsterdam IV. 



Martin & Ottaway personnel have been involved with Nieuw Amsterdams’ since 1937.

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On May 29, 2018, David Tantrum provided a Lunch & Learn presentation to one of the marine industry leading insurance companies, Starr Marine.

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It is a pleasure to introduce Michael Raftery as a member of the M&O consultant team.


Mike is an ex-Navy SeaBee diver who studied Oceanography under the GI Bill. After graduation, he worked as a space launch manager and then obtained his Master’s Degree in Ocean Engineering at Stevens Institute of Technology, where he performed cutting edge research and design on Wave Energy Recovery systems, ultimately culminating in the award of his patent on a novel wave energy recovery approach.


Over the years M&O has become continually more involved in ocean structures and sustainability issues. Mike’s background in ocean engineering and wave energy recovery will significantly enhance the depth of M&O’s knowledge and experience in those fields. He is still an active diver instructor and has vast experience in underwater installation and construction projects.


Besides working on the typical basket of M&O projects, Mike will be particularly active in the fascinating field of Ocean Wave Energy Recovery.

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Wave energy power systems have not (yet) made it to the stage of development of wind and solar, but wave energy is much more concentrated than wind and solar and, therefore, is a excellent source of sustainable energy, and there is so much of it out there too.


The biggest problem is that waves are not easy to harvest. Some systems work well in big waves and others only in small waves. There is a way around that problem by inducing waves to break. Once a wave breaks, the energy is further concentrated and energy capture is easier to accomplish in breaking waves than in smooth offshore waves, just like surfers can only surf in breaking waves. 


The Surf Making Energy Harvesting Device (SMWEHD) produces breaking waves by creating an adjustable bottom beneath ocean waves.


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It is a pleasure to introduce David Del Corso as a member of the Martin & Ottaway consulting team.


David is a 2015 US Merchant Marine Academy Marine Engineering graduate and, after stints as a ship's engineer and design engineer, has joined Martin & Ottaway to reinforce the junior engineer echelon.


Martin & Ottaway has survived and thrived since 1875 by carefully nurturing its talent to provide a continuous level of the highest quality of surveying and consulting services. We achieve this by combining deep experience with highly motivated young talent who know that the path to senior engineer status is hard, but deeply satisfying when engaged in new challenges every day.

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Before I joined Martin & Ottaway, I was heavily involved in the fuel cell industry, connecting Bloom Energy's fuel cells ranging from 210 kW to 3 MW to buildings. Bloom Energy focuses on stationary natural gas powered fuel cells. 


The maritime industry is always looking for new ways to meet the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) growing emission standards. Fuel cells can meet these demands on various levels.

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May Paper: Engineering Ethics Clashes and Crashes


Presenter: Hendrik "Rik" van Hemmen, President of Martin & Ottaway, Inc.


Both licensed engineers and SNAME members function under a code of ethics. While it may not occur often, just about every engineer will occasionally encounter ethics challenges and proper conduct under those challenges can mean the difference between professional respect and career suicide. This presentation discusses the various applicable codes and provides examples of situations where the use and application of the code can assist engineers in doing the right thing.



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It is a pleasure to introduce Capt. Leonard Pucci as a member of the M&O consultant team.


I have known Lenny for many years, and worked with him on quite a number of projects. Besides providing our standard basket of services (particularly in the Rhode Island area, where he will be based), Lenny’s area of specialization is in large yachts. Lenny is a rare combination of a 3000 ton licensed Master, who has captained many large yachts, and a University of Michigan Naval Architect and Marine Engineering graduate. 


Most recently he has been the project manager on a number of successful very large yacht projects in the US and abroad, and he will continue to provide those services in addition to working on other M&O projects.


Lenny and I first started working together on the 1987 Eagle America’s Cup campaign; but, as is well known, the only way to make a small fortune in yacht design is to start with a large fortune. Therefore, when the America’s Cup campaign was winding down, Lenny and I had to look for new ways to make a living.

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A week or so ago, for a minute, Lenny Pucci and I were thinking about jointly owning a sailboat. That immediately raised the next question: Well, what kind of sailboat?


I did not hesitate, and immediately suggested a Freedom 44. To me it is one of the most useful sailboats out there.


Fortunately, our boat owning fever subsided quickly, and we returned to our normal state of boat ownership immune response.


But, for a second, I felt a certain lightness in my heart about finally having my hands on a substantial sailboat with freestanding masts.


I love freestanding masts. They are a design miracle that continues to be ignored by the larger sailing community. To us regular sailors, there are too many advantages (my favorite is to be able to tack upwind in a narrow channel without putting my cup of coffee down).

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