ASNE: Northern New England Section



ASNE members are invited to join SNAME members at the member rate for the following upcoming event.  To register, go to:


The New England Section of the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers Presents: Why Good Mooring Systems Go Bad

Please join us at RiRa Irish Pub & Bar for a talk by SNAME's own Dick Akers, PE on fatigue mechanisms in mooring chains and components.

When: Thursday, May 28th, 5:30 pm
Where: RiRa Irish Pub in Portland's Old Port.  We have rented out the upstairs for the evening.
What: Cash bar social hour, buffet dinner, and a technical presentation worth 1PDE
5:30 - 6:00pm: Registration and Socialization at the upstairs bar
6:00 - 7:00pm: Buffet Dinner & Drinks
7:00 - 8:00pm: Technical Presentation

Dinner Buffet:
Baby spinach & strawberry salad with spicy roast walnuts and a fresh strawberry honey vinaigrette
Roast vegetables sauteed with garlic and fresh herbs over black pepper fettuccine
Herb crumbed cod with a sundried tomato vinaigrette & dried cherry tomatoes
RiRa's signature corned beef with a creamy parsley sauce
Mashed potatoes with butter and green onions
Green beans sauteed with smoked almonds and fresh herbs
Warm apple crisp with fresh whipped cream

A mooring system is a critical component in a fixed floating platform such as an offshore wind turbine, so it is important to understand potential failure modes. Mr. Akers will review the types of mooring systems used on domestic and international floating offshore wind turbines (FOWTs). He will discuss short-term and long-term failure processes including corrosion and abrasion mechanisms, the cumulative effect of snap loads, trenching and cable bird-caging. Mr. Akers will describe the software design tools available to predict loads and failure mechanisms. Finally he will describe the government and classification society standards that pertain to failure mechanisms including the strengths and weakness of the standards.

About the Author:
Dick is the Chief Technical Officer at Maine Marine Composites in Portland, ME.  Dick has worked in both the electronics and marine industries. He began his career by designing computer peripherals for minicomputers. Needing a simulation program to support his design work, he developed a PC-based electronic circuit simulator and a robust component library. After his firm merged with Mentor Graphics Corp., he served as Director of Marketing in the analog division and subsequently as the Director of Marketing for the analog and mixed-signal division, and was responsible for $10 million in sales.

Wishing to get back into engineering, Mr. Akers switched fields to become a naval architect, specializing in small craft dynamics. He developed POWERSEA, an industry-leading simulator for high-speed planing boats. Dick has a Naval Architect (Professional Degree) and a Masters degree from the University of Michigan. He also holds degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Cincinnati.

Parking at RiRa:
The website below lists paid lots near RiRa.  In addition, there is street parking along Commercial St.



ASNE Northern New England

      2014-2015 Meeting Schedule






11 September

Hodgdon Yachts

Hodgdon Yachts

 East Boothbay, ME




 30 October

Ocean Renewable Power Company

Jarlath McEntee

Chief Technology Officer

Clarion Hotel

1230 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04102




18 November

High Speed Ship Design

Stefano Brizzolara (invited)

MIT Research Scientist

Regatta Banquet and Conference Center

Eliot, ME




 10 December

State of the Section

Shipyard Brewery

Portland, ME




26 February

SNAME Student paper night


Cambridge, MA




26 March

SOSB Update

China Rose

Brunswick, ME




16 April

DDG -1000

Bath Iron Works/Kennebec Tavern

Bath, ME




18 June

Docking of USS Constitution

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

 Kittery, ME


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