b'FOGHORNFOCUS: SHIPBUILDINGvessel operations. These exciting in- Because much of this is newpropulsion system integrator to ease novations come with unique designterritory, you should ask your ship- your mind that everyone is on the same and build challenges. Battery storage,builder if the team working on yourpage and that all parties have what weight distribution, seating space,vessel has had the necessary training toit is needed to construct your project passenger capacity, and specializedbuild a boat with these new technolo- as expected, especially on a new and ventilation and cooling all come intogies and systems. Its perfectly accept- unique system.play and must be addressed at the veryable to request a meeting with your beginning of the design and buildingdesigner and shipbuilder. They shouldCommunication Is Importantprocesses.be ready, willing and able to include theWe live in an age that allows for instant communication. This is both a blessing and a curse. Its good that we can all talk to one another to quickly ask and share information in a number of ways, but doing so all the time can slow down the ability to get the job done on time. I suggest that the vessel owner and the shipbuilder come up with a form of communication that works for all parties and establish a time for regular updates. Of course, should something unexpected occur, immediate communication is required.In closing, no one knows your operation better than you. Providing comprehensive and accurate details about your operational wants and needs to the builder and naval architect at the very beginning of the project is imperative. Effective communica-tion and detailed planning with all involved parties before and throughout the project will help ensure its overall success. Purchasing a new vessel is a significant expenditure and can be a decades-long commitment for many operators, so choose your partners wisely. nAbout the 4 x 40m Catamaran Passenger Ferries | San Francisco Bay Ferry 2 x 27m Catamaran Passenger Ferries | MBTA AuthorMatt Mullett is the President and CEO of All American Marine in Bellingham, WA. He has extensive experience in shipbuilding and was named Whatcom County and Business Pulse Magazines Business Person 19 x 26m + 9 x 29m Catamaran Passenger Ferries | NYC Ferry 2 x 34m Catamaran Passenger Ferries | Rhode Island Fast Ferry of the Year 2019. All American Marine has been a PVA member Incat Crowther II I DESIGNER OF ROBUST, EFFICIENT PASSENGER VESSELS for 18 years. EVER EVOLV NG EVER MPROV NG www.incatcrowther.comOPERATIONAL STUDIES FUNCTIONAL DESIGNPRODUCTION DESIGN PROCUREMENTCONSTRUCTION SUPPORT THROUGH-LIFE SUPPORTCONSULTING20APRIL 2020FOGHORN'