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M/V Susitna Named One of Ten Significant Boats of the Year


New Orleans, LA, December 1, 2010: On the first day of the International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans, LA WorkBoat Magazine named the M/V Susitna one of the ten most significant vessels constructed by the US shipbuilding industry in 2010.  M/V Susitna award recipients present at the WorkBoat Show included Mr. Randy Johnson, President, Alaska Ship & Drydock Inc. (ASD) for builder, Mr. Guido Perla of Guido Perla & Associates and Mr. Chip Graber of Lockheed Martin as designers, Ms. Elizabeth Gray, Borough Manager and Ms. Tammy Clayton, Finance Director for Matanuska Susitna (Mat/Su) Borough as owner’s representatives.  Other notable contributors to the project include Mr. Lew Madden who developed the vessel concept while working for Lockheed Martin and who now represents Mat/Su Borough for ship operations; Dr. Paul Rispin, Susitna Program Manager for Office of Naval Research (ONR); and Mr. Steven Loui of Navatek providing technical design assistance.  Rear Admiral Nevin P. Carr, Jr. is the Chief of Naval Research for ONR.  In 2005, when ASD was awarded the contract by ONR to construct the M/V Susitna, Rear Admiral Jay M. Cohen was Chief of Naval Research of ONR and was on hand at the WorkBoat award ceremony.

Randy Johnson stated “I am extremely proud of our entire team of engineers, vendors and most importantly the dedicated men and women of Alaska Ship and Drydock for their contributions to another successful ASD project.  This monumental achievement has further established ASD as a premier shipbuilder for management of design and construction of challenging, complex vessels and advanced marine technology.”

The M/V Susitna is a first of kind demonstrator vessel funded under the direction of ONR to prove the concept of a variable draft, beachable, landing craft vessel capable of transiting open seas at high speeds, with large payloads in variable sea states while providing a stable ride .  Susitna is also the world’s first ice cutting, twin hulled vessel enhancing its suitability for missions in the North Pacific and Arctic Oceans (see attached WorkBoat magazine article by Mr. Bruce Buls).  Mat/Su Borough will operate M/V Susitna as a ferry on the challenging passage across Knick Arm between the Mat/Su Borough and Anchorage, Alaska.

The International WorkBoat Show is North America's largest maritime trade show and conference.  The 2009 show attracted visitors from 40 states and 17 countries.  More than 10,000 visitors were expected to attend the 2010 WorkBoat Show that has been ranked by Trade Show Week as one of the Top 200 largest U.S. trade shows.  This year’s show, its 31st year, included the Fifth Annual Shipyard Day featuring WorkBoat magazine's 10 Significant Boats of 2010 Awards Ceremony.  WorkBoat Magazines 10 Significant Boats of 2010 Awards honor vessel designers, builders and owners of US built vessels.  The editorial staff reviewed over 70 boats that appeared in the magazine during the previous 12 months and selected 10 vessels that demonstrated innovations in design or technological advances or speed, style, and uniqueness.


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