The U.S. Navy will begin using a boat this fall designed by a consulting company owned by Jacksonville’s Crowley Maritime Corp. to assist barges, submarines and other vessels in ports around the world.


Jensen Maritime Consulting of Seattle announced the deal Monday. It will deliver a design package to the Naval Systems Command for the 41-foot vessels.

The Navy will primarily use the boats to assist the larger vessels, but they also will be used to open and close security barriers and to move floating port operations support equipment, according to Jensen Maritime.

The 22,000-pound boats have removable cabins so they can be transported by truck. They also have complete heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and a 3,100-pound total payload, according to Jensen. There is room for five crew members on board to operate the vessel.

“We are proud to have our highly functional, safe and efficient design selected for this new series of workboats,” said Bryan Nichols, director of business development for Jensen. “We have worked closely with the build team to ensure maximum efficiency for vessel construction. Once completed, it will be a well-equipped, very maneuverable workhorse.”

The boats will be built in the Pacific Northwest, and delivery is expected this fall, according to Jensen, a naval architecture and marine engineering firm that designs all types of boats.

The price of the contract was not provided.

Joe Daraskevich: (904) 359-4308