Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. Awarded Contract for Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Services for the United States Army Corps of Engineers, Marine Design Center

Bristol, Rhode Island – March 3rd, 2020 – Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) was recently awarded an Indefinite Delivery Contract (IDC) for naval architecture and marine engineering services for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Philadelphia District, Marine Design Center. This contract continues BHGI’s partnership with the Marine Design Center (MDC). Some of the projects BHGI has worked on for the USACE include, but are not limited to, retrofits, finite element analyses, electric load analyses, vibration analyses, and computational fluid dynamics analyses as well as barge, towboat and dredge design.

In partnership with MDC since 2010, BHGI and the MDC team worked on a wide variety of projects both for the USACE and other federal agencies, including the United States Coast Guard and NASA. Some of the projects included designing and engineering the modifications to lengthen the NASA Barge PEGASUS (from 260’ to 310’) in order to carry the Space Launch System from Louisiana to Cape Kennedy, FL; investigating the viability of using various types of biodiesel on USACE vessels; performing a structural checks and providing structural modifications for crane barges; and performing an acoustical analysis of a replacement towboat, among other tasks.

Some of the more recent projects BHGI has worked on include designing the new Mat Boat, ARMOR ONE, for the Mat Sinking Unit; designing, sizing and specifying details for a wicket lifting system and maintenance crane for the Olmsted Locks and Dams Wicket Lifter; developing the design for the Quad Cities crane barge which was recently delivered; design work and technical assistance to modify and develop a multipurpose vessel design for the National Park Service serving the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island; and developing a contract level design for the DRIFTMASTER II. The DRIFTMASTER II will include a new hybrid-diesel-electric power system. BHGI was tasked to perform a ship check on the existing Bank Grader Unit and to develop contract level design drawings and calculations for a floating crane supporting a dragline machine. BHGI was also tasked to develop a Waterways Commerce Cutter ATON Indicative Design.

BHGI is pleased to have been selected as the most highly qualified firm to provide services to USACE on this IDC contract. BHGI has built a strong professional relationship with the USACE, MDC over the past decade and looks forward to being tasked with a variety of challenging projects over the next five years.

BHGI is a full-service naval architecture, marine engineering and consulting firm located in Bristol, RI. BHGI has been in business for more than twenty-five years and has produced numerous designs, to which hundreds of vessels have been built. BHGI specializes in commercial vessel design and consulting and has experience with tugs, barges, Articulated Tug/Barge Units (ATB), passenger vessels, workboats, dredges and floating dry docks. To learn more, you can visit our website:


Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. is a full-service naval architecture and marine engineering firm specializing in commercial vessel design and consulting.

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