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Rescue Boat Davit on the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster

Tridentis was just awarded a contract, via our GSA Schedule, to perform all of the engineering and design work to install a SOLAS approved Rescue Boat Davit on the NOAA Ship Nancy Foster. Tridentis will develop all electrical, mechanical and structural drawings necessary for a shipyard to install the Rescue Boat Davit.  These drawings will be approved by the American Bureau of Shipping and Tridentis will make sure that these drawings move quickly through the approval process.  Additionally, we will update the trim and stability booklet, develop a statement of work, and provide NOAA with shipyard cost estimates. Tridentis continues its long history of providing this type of support to NOAA.

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Phase I SBIR – Autonomous Green Powered Coastal Monitor

cmTridentis was just awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  During the execution of this contract, Tridentis will perform a “clean sheet” design of an autonomous mobile surface coastal monitor that uses “green” power sources, has modular capability to allow for “plug and play” of new sensors and technology, and provides calibration/validation for NOAA and other optical satellite sensors.

Tridentis will design a highly efficient, stable platform that makes the use of green power for propulsion and systems power, that makes it attractive for unmanned surface vessel (USV) operations. This is significant because green energy sources are typically not as energy dense as fossil fuels, which can hamper the design process.

This platform will be designed around one or more modular sensor bays to support the employment of a multitude of sensors as they are needed by the five line offices within NOAA. We intend on designing the modular bay to be easily serviceable while attempting to standardize the interfaces where possible.

By approaching this requirement with a clean sheet design, we can enhance the power efficiency and utility of the platform that would otherwise have been an add-on to an existing vessel. The platform itself will be a custom design developed to support the coastal sensing mission. It will be flexible enough to allow for almost any sensor to be easily retrofitted, and will employ sensors for atmospheric, sea/air interface, and subsurface parameters.

The design that will come out of this Phase I SBIR will have multiple applications that could impact numerous agencies outside of NOAA.  This design could also have significant applications for the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard.

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Tridentis Awarded Phase I SBIR


Tridentis was just awarded a Phase I SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) Contract with ONR (Office of Naval Research).  The topic that was awarded to Tridentis is the development of “Technology for Ship to Shore Connector Concepts with a Combined High Speed and Payload Fraction”  (Navy SBIR 2015.1 – Topic N151-075).  Over the next year, Tridentis will work on developing a concept design for a surface connector for ONR that is capable of carrying troops and equipment from the Sea Base to shore.  Our landing craft will be capable of carrying 210 LT of cargo while traveling 20 knots at a distance of up to 200 nm from the beach.  This craft will have beaching capabilities while being able to interface with the Sea Base and the well decks of US Navy Ships.

Bringing troops and equipment from ship to shore is a hugely challenging and important challenge for the Navy & Marine Corps, and our nation’s military, industrial, technological, and design talent have not been able to solve it, despite over 50 years of effort. As our expeditionary operating concepts have changed from short ship to shore movement, to operations from over the horizon into littoral waters defended by precision guided munitions, our methods and capabilities to move fighters and material ashore have remained unchanged. The ability of our naval forces to operate most effectively in the 21st century and implement the various operational concepts such as LOTS (Logistics Over The Shore), OMFTS (Operational Maneuver from the Sea) and modern Sea Basing are critically dependent on a vehicle (connector) that can quickly and reliably move people and material from ship to shore from over the horizon in most weather conditions.

Tridentis’s task is essentially to design a landing craft (or “connector” vehicle) that is small enough to be transported in an amphibious ship well deck, or deck loaded and offloaded on a Navy, Army Preposition Ship, or Military Sealift Command vessel. Then the “connector” must be able to be launched at sea, carry significant cargo, smoothly on and off load it, (potentially under fire) and have good speed and range. This design challenge has never been satisfactorily solved.   Over the next year, Tridentis will develop the concept design that will meet this challenge.

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USS Mount Whitney (LCC 20) Extended Service Life Program

USS Mount Whitney

Tridentis was just awarded a three year $2.3M prime contract by Military Sealift Command (MSC) to perform engineering services on the USS MOUNT WHITNEY Extended Service Life Program.  Our work on this contract will consist of supporting the Engineering Directorate of MSC in the areas of marine engineering, naval architecture, electrical and electronics engineering, maintenance engineering, shipboard testing and inspections and failure analysis. The majority of the work on this contract will be performed in Washington DC and the ship’s homeport of Gaeta, Italy.

MSC is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the USS MOUNT WHITNEY (LCC 20). The USS MOUNT WHITNEY has been in commission over 40 years and is at the end of her designed service life. The US Navy has decided to extend her service life through 2039. This extension is to be facilitated by major modifications and repairs that are to be coordinated by the Extended Service Life Program (ESLP). The ESLP is a multi-year, $100M effort consisting of five shipyard maintenance availabilities between FY2014 and FY2019. In support of these maintenance availabilities Tridentis will be developing and managing over 100 specifications and drawings necessary to accomplish the ESLP scope of work. In addition, Tridentis will also be performing engineering analyses, surveys, studies, ship checks and similar efforts as required to support the development of the ELSP work packages.

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NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson


NOAA Thomas Jefferson

Tridentis was just awarded a contract through our GSA Professional Engineering Service Contract to provide Marine Engineering Services for the NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson.  The Thomas Jefferson, whose home port is Norfolk, VA is a hydrographic survey vessel that was built by Halter Marine in 1991.  This ship is currently a part of a fleet of NOAA survey vessels.  The primary mission is to collect and process the data needed to maintain and update nautical charts along the U.S East Coast, Gulf of Mexico, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Our responsibilities include performing the naval architecture and marine engineering services for the design to upgrade the grey water and sewage system to reduce effluent discharge and potable water use.  We will provide NOAA with alternatives for upgrading their grey water system by performing numerous feasibility and concept studies. Once an alternative is chosen, our team will prepare a detailed specification and develop design drawings of the new system.

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USCG Barque Eagle – Service Life Extension Program

USCG Barque Eagle

USCG Barque Eagle

We are excited to announce that we will be supporting the United States Coast Guard on the Service Life Extension Program (SLEP) for the USCG Barque Eagle. The Barque Eagle is the tall ship training vessel for the USCG Academy.  This vessel was built at the Blohm + Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany in 1936.  At the close of WW2 this ship was taken by the U.S. from the Germans as a war reparation.  The Eagle’s datasheet can be found here.

Tridentis will be performing naval architecture and marine engineering services to extend the service life of this vessel.  This is a multiyear program including a tremendous amount of engineering work.  Some of the services we will be providing include:

  • Developing an approach to update the anchor windlass with a logistically supportable unit.
  • Recapitalizing the entire refrigeration plant with a logistically supportable system.  Replacing all of the reefer boxes with a standard Coast Guard configuration.
  • Consolidating the compressed air system and redesigning the system to USCG CFR standards for engine starting.

Tridentis is a small business subcontractor on this contract with The Columbia Group supporting the USCG Surface Forces Logistics Center

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Tridentis awarded contract to support the USCG 225 WLB MMA Project

Under this task order, Tridentis will provide on-site support to the ISVS ESD Project Manager for the development of long lead material (LLTM) and service procurement packages for the 225 WLB MMA Project.  Input and data collection will include market research, drawing review, vendor literature, proposal submission requirements, proposal evaluation criteria, EDFP and PTD requirements, and revisions to procurement specifications.

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Tridentis awarded MSC Engineering Design Services Contract


Tridentis was just awarded a three year IDIQ contract to provide marine engineering, naval architecture, electrical, and electronics engineering to the Military Sealift Command (MSC) Engineering Directorate.  The MSC Engineering Directorate has five divisions: N71 (Maintenance Management), N72 (Technical Division), N73 (Policy and Regulatory Compliance), N74 (Fleet Recapitalization), and N75 (Field Activity). Tridentis can provide the following services to all five divisions within the Engineering Directorate:


  1. Fluid systems design and analysis
  2. Main propulsion system analysis – diesel, steam, and gas turbine
  3. Auxiliary systems analysis
  4. HVAC system analysis and calculations
  5. Control and instrumentation systems analysis
  6. Monitoring systems analysis
  7. Deck machinery analysis


  1. Power quality and demand metering
  2. Control and monitoring systems (electrical and electronic)
  3. Interior Communications (IC) and Alarms
  4. Navigation systems
  5. Hull machinery (electrical)
  6. Lighting
  7. Communications
  8. Other specialized electrical and electronic engineering functions


  1. Structural design and analysis
  2. Cargo handling and lifesaving systems
  3. Weight and moment reports and calculations
  4. Stability calculations
  5. Inclining experiment calculations
  6. Hydrostatics
  7. Intact and damage stability
  8. Arrangements (hull and deck) and Outfittings
  9. Other specialized naval architecture functions


  1. Drydock certification inspections and studies
  2. Welding procedural studies and inspections
  3. Metallurgical analysis of shipboard piping, structure and materials
  4. Environmental impact studies related to shipbuilding and ship repair materials and procedures
  5. Painting inspections and studies related to ship repair and construction
  6. Forensic engineering and failure analyses; familiarity with the Root Cause Analysis (RCA) process
  7. AutoCAD
  8. Market Surveys
  9. Equipment Selection
  10. Port Engineering Services

Task orders on this contract are issued on a firm fixed price basis only.

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