BMT Designers & Planners, a subsidiary of BMT Group, an international maritime design, engineering and risk management consultancy, is leading the effort to repower the historic U.S. Coast Guard training barque, EAGLE.
The $1.5M (approx.) project involves engineering, design, supply and logistics support to install a new MTU 8V4000 engine, ZF gearbox, propeller, automation system and other related components. While the vessel is frequently operated under sail by U.S. Coast Guard Academy cadets, she routinely employs an auxiliary propulsion system for use during manoeuvring and when sails cannot be utilized.
BMT’s scope includes providing the complete work package of design plans and specifications, engineering data for provisioning, technical manuals, training, on-site and post-availability technical support. With the support of its suppliers, BMT will also be providing all of the equipment to the Coast Guard Yard in Curtis Bay, MD for installation on the vessel in the winter of 2017-18.
“The project presents some unique engineering challenges, and it is exciting to be involved in extending the life of this majestic historic vessel,” says BMT’s Project Manager Emily Whitman, PE. The project is Ms. Whitman’s first major assignment since joining the firm five months ago.
BMT will partner with Johnson & Towers (J&T), a fourth-generation family-owned business and the distributor for the Rolls Royce Power Systems Company, representing the full line of MTU engines. As BMT’s sub-consultant, J&T is supplying the engine, gearbox and other components for the project.