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Firm Recognized For New Navy Universal Composite CVN Camel Design
March 29, 2016

Moffatt & Nichol has been recognized with an Engineering Excellence Award from the Engineers Club of Hampton Roads for developing a composite camel design solution that accommodates U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, anywhere in the world. Camels are special floating devices used between a vessel and mooring structure to transfer berthing and mooring loads and provide necessary stand-off distances. Camels protect vessels from damage by compressing, deflecting and absorbing energy during the berthing or mooring process.

For decades, the U.S. Navy has used a variety of camel structure types made from steel and wood, which has led to significant maintenance and replacement costs due to corrosion and degradation. For several years now, the Navy has decided to develop a longer-term solution for its camel structures, utilizing corrosion resistant fiberglass reinforced plastic (FRP) material for construction.

As part of a Joint-Venture team under an Indefinite Quantity Contract for waterfront services, Moffatt & Nichol provided the Navy with a universal, composite camel design made entirely of fiberglass reinforced plastic. The camels are suitable for any aircraft carrier berth in the world and they are designed for a 25 year service life with minimal maintenance due to its composite construction.

In August 2015, Moffatt & Nichol assisted Naval Station Mayport in Jacksonville, Florida by providing design-build contract documents for the procurement of a new set of composite CVN camels. Mayport will be the first Naval Station to adopt the new camel design. Moffatt & Nichol is hopeful that the Navy will make the new camel a standard design at all of its facilities.

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