June 29, 2021
TAI engineers LLC, a New Orleans-based marine solutions company, has completed the detailed design and construction of a new 74ft x 24ft passenger / utility vessel for the National Park Service (NPS).
NPS named the all-steel passenger / utility vessel Annie moore after the first immigrant, a 15-year-old Irish girl, who signed the Ellis Island register.
The Army Corps of Engineers Marine Design Center (MDC) provided NPS with project management, engineering and contract management assistance for the new vessel.
“TAI has designed and built many boats and ships, but this project is particularly close to my heart,” said Anil Raj, President of TAI. “My very first arrival in the United States was via New York in 1969. When I landed at JFK, the Panamerican airline pilot tilted the plane’s wings and announced a view of the Statue of Liberty from the window. He said she welcomes new immigrants to Liberty and Justice for All in the United States. I feel particularly privileged that our company is part of this project. “
One of the duties of Annie moore is to transport guests national and international dignitaries to the Statue of Liberty. The new boat is ready to service the NPS to transport VIPs, official passengers, supplies and equipment to Ellis Island from Battery Park, NY. The ship can accommodate 40 passengers and a galley on the main deck. A knuckle boom crane is provided for loading / unloading palletized goods.
The USCG Sub-T inspected vessel was jointly built by TAI and its subcontractor Aluma Marine, at its facility in Harvey, Louisiana. It is designed and built according to the rules of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS). The ice belt and the bow structure of the hull are designed according to ABS Ice class C0 rules and the vessel includes reinforced ice reduction gearboxes, propulsion shafts, rudders and propellers. the Annie moore is equipped with a twin caterpillar Propulsion engines C18.
“With the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, we must recognize the hard and cooperative work of the craftsmen of Aluma Marine, the US Army Corps of Engineers Marine Design Center, the NPS leadership, TAI, ABS, US Coast Guard surveyors, and project contractors and suppliers. They have worked together selflessly during this difficult time to bring this project to fruition, ”Raj said.
This is TAI’s fifth ship design and build contract for the U.S. military. All were completed on time and on budget.
“We are grateful to the United States government for entrusting our Marine Division (TAI) with this historic project,” said Daniel Rios, CEO of S&B Infrastructure (which recently acquired TAI). “We are delighted with the positive outcome and look forward to many more successful projects for the USACE Marine Design Center and the National Park Service.”