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Coastwise Corporation Joins Elliott Bay Design Group

Feb 21, 2024 | Engineering, News

Elliott Bay Design Group designed MV Tazlina, the first Alaska Marine Highway ferry built in Alaska. Built at Vigor Shipyard in Ketchikan, it was christened in 2018.


Anchorage-based Coastwise Corporation has rebranded as Coastwise Engineering and joined Seattle-based Elliott Bay Design Group (EBDG) in a strategic partnership. The Coastwise Engineering division will continue to provide naval architecture services to both public and private clients, using existing Coastwise Corporation contact methods.

Expanding EBDG’s Alaska Footprint

With a team of fifty-seven professional staff members, the new EBDG division will provide Coastwise Corporation’s clients in Alaska—as well as the Lower 48—with marine technical services and a broader industry reach.

The partnership marks a significant milestone for both companies as it brings together the expertise and highly regarded design portfolio of Coastwise Corporation with EBDG’s innovative industry-leading solutions in a collaborative venture. As part of the agreement, EBDG acquires Coastwise Corporation’s assets, including the addition of Coastwise owner and principal engineer, Patrick Eberhardt, who joins EBDG as a full-time employee.

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“We are looking forward to working on a large and talented new team. This partnership will allow us to better serve our existing clients and let us take on larger and more challenging projects,” says Eberhardt. “We are confident in the ability of our new team, given that we have a history of collaborating together for nearly thirty years.”

EBDG considers Eberhardt’s forty years of professional experience and extensive understanding of the Alaskan maritime industry to be a valuable addition to the team. Serving as the Alaska representative, Eberhardt will play a pivotal role in expanding EBDG’s footprint in Alaska pursuing new opportunities in the passenger vessel, remote/arctic workboat, and fishing industries.

“I am particularly excited about the opportunities this presents,” says Mike Complita, vice president of strategic expansion at EBDG. “Pat brings new skill sets to EBDG, and we are confident that his expertise will enhance our capabilities. This transition will be seamless, as it combines our respective strengths to provide even greater value and innovation.”

Elliott Bay Design Group designed MV Hubbard, sister ship to the Alaska Marine Highway ferry MV Tazlina. Christened in 2023, Hubbard was built at Vigor Shipyard in Ketchikan.

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“EBDG is excited to expand our presence in Alaska and strengthen our position in the industry through this acquisition,” says Jim Towers, principal in charge at EBDG. “We believe that combining forces with Coastwise Corporation’s talented team will open up new possibilities and allow us to continue providing top-notch marine engineering and naval architecture solutions.”

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