Ship design company in Maine receives $8 million Navy contract
According to the Portland Press Herald, Navatek, a hydrodynamic engineering company with offices in Portland, has received an $8 Million contract from the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research. Navatek will “design safer hulls and a new hybrid-electron propulsion system for the Navy’s small, high speed boats.”
"The company will add 28 additional employees to its Portland-based staff of 22. Twelve of the company’s employees in Portland are mechanical engineer graduates of the University of Maine, said Craig, a trend the company hopes to continue. It is also looking to hire electrical engineers from the university."
The article continues, “Navatek is also partnering with the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures and Composites Center to design new materials for prototypes of the new hulls, and plans to use the university’s 60-foot 3D printer, the largest in the world, to print boat molds.”
This is big news for Maine’s defense industry.