Marine Log

March 9, 2006

Alion buys Incat Designs assets

McLean, Va,-headquarted Alion Science and Technology says it has acquired assets related to vessels greater than 60 m in length from International Catamaran Designs (Sydney) Pty Limited.

The purchase includes design files and design tools for high-speed "wave piercing" catamaran ferries and fast freighters and an extensive library of model test data. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Alion will retain INCAT Designs Executive Chairman and developer of the wave piercing concept for fast ferries, Mr. Philip Hercus, under a consulting agreement.

Alion Science and Technology describes itself as "an employee-owned technology solutions company delivering technical expertise and operational support to the Department of Defense, civilian government agencies and commercial customers." In April 2005 it acquired John J. McMullen Associates, Inc., which it now operates as its JJMA Maritime Sector.

INCAT Designs was the developer of the wave piercing catamaran design; approximately 40 vessels employing this concept have been built world wide.

Scott Fry, Alion senior VP and manager of the JJMA Maritime Sector, stated, "This technology will augment our current position as a leader in large, high-speed vessel design. It will position Alion to support naval programs requiring such technology as well as the short-sea shipping and large fast ferry markets."

Fry noted that, as a member of the first class of large passenger vehicle ferries employing wave piercing technology, the 74 m HOVERSPEED GREAT BRITAIN won the Blue Riband, the Hales Trophy for the fastest Atlantic crossing in 1990.