As you may know, I am a Naval Architect in my normal job, which is becoming busier and busier. I am just now starting a job where we will be conducting stability testing on 9 oceanographic research vessels, with more maybe to come in 2006. This will require travel at least once a month by myself or my coworker and should be an interesting project. There will also be several challenges as these vessels tend to add a lot of weight that is not well documented. We will be making trips to Florida, Rhode Island, Georgia, Minnesota, California, Oregon, and Louisiana for this first round of ships.
Our role in salvage is also expanding and we just purchased the excellent salvage software, HECSALV. This is the program I used while in the USCG and I love using it for salvage and found that it helps me get quite accurate results in emergency situations. These salvage cases generally require travel and I have already gone to St. Croix and Hawaii this year, with a trip to Louisiana cancelled at the last minute. I LOVE working on salvage cases because unlike most engineering projects the results are quite immediate and can be very rewarding when the vessel is successfully remediated.
There are a couple of other projects I will be working on, but they are still in the proposal stage and one even may depend on the gas tax issue here in Washington. This is a tough one for me personally because I plan to vote against the gas tax since the State Legislature hasn’t shown me that the can even manage the money we already give them and I don’t believe giving money to irresponsible people a very smart thing to do. Then again, if the tax increase remains we are pretty sure of getting the job I would be working on. I still plan to vote my convictions and let the chips fall where they may. We are very busy here at work and this project wouldn’t severely affect our bottom line.