Allen Marine Delivers 65' Aluminum Landing Craft to Alaska National Park Service
August 30, 2007—Sitka, Alaska— Allen Marine, Inc. announces it has delivered a custom fabricated 65ftx21ft aluminum landing craft to the U.S. National Park Service. Powered by two QSL9 285 h/p Cummins engines, the vessel will be used in the Katmai National Park & Preserve on the Naknek River and Naknek Lake to carry heavy equipment, and occasionally passengers to remote Brooks Camp which is the only developed area in Katmai National Park & Preserve.
The U.S. National Park Service named the vessel Qit'rwik, which means “sheltered place on the water” in the original Sugt'stun language of Pacific Coast and Kodiak Island peoples.
“My team participated in the sea trials for this vessel and we are all extremely pleased with how the Qit'rwik has performed,” said Paul Button, Project Manager/Mechanical Engineer with the Alaska Regional Office of the US National Park Service. “The Qit'rwik is a vast improvement over what we have been using and it has exceeded every one of the design parameters that were set. From design to construction through sea trials, the final product is proving to be a real success story.”
The U.S. National Park Service awarded the vessel construction project to Allen Marine, Inc., which is a specialist in aluminum vessel construction.
Allen Marine, Inc. fabricated the vessel from hull, structure and ramp loading system designs provided by Anchorage-based Coastwise Corporation, the naval architecture/marine engineering firm selected by the U.S. National Park Service. Elliott Bay Design Group was responsible for the lofting and detail design work.
This new 65 foot vessel has a beam of 21 feet, travels at ten knots, operates with a crew of two and can carry ten passengers. The vessel will play a key role in the park's ability to service and maintain Brooks Camp and its 26 mile road by carrying building materials, fuel, and heavy construction machinery and equipment including a full-sized road grader, a fuel trucks, and a 22 ton dump truck. The vessel's aluminum ramp is designed to load these heavy vehicles from unimproved beaches.
For more information on Allen Marine, Inc. please visit www.allenmarine.com or call 888-747-8101.
About Allen Marine, Inc. / www.allenmarine.com
Allen Marine Inc. was founded in 1967 in Sitka , Alaska and designs, builds and fabricates boats, bridges, ramps, floats, and custom projects. As aluminum specialists, Allen Marine builds field developed, field tested products that the company uses in its own marine tour operations. Building capabilities range from 23' skiffs to 100' passenger catamarans, and Allen Marine can accommodate up to five 78' catamarans at one time. Projects include designing and building 19 fast ferries (thirteen 78' aluminum catamarans and six 65' aluminum monohulls) for New York Harbor .
About Coastwise Corporation / www.coastwise.com
Coastwise Corporation is a naval architecture/marine engineering firm in operation since 1989. The company provides professional vessel design, marine structural and marine systems engineering, and water borne transportation analysis to both public and private clients. Coastwise specializes in designing vessels and marine systems that successfully and efficiently operate in demanding marine environments.