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George Petrie, N.A.

Mr. Petrie’s background encompasses more than 40 years of diverse experience in naval architecture and related disciplines, including structural analysis and design, wave-induced motions and operability analysis, stability, strength and fatigue assessment.


B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

• Webb Institute, 1970 M.S.E. in Naval Architecture


• University of Michigan, 1975 Professional Degree, NAV ARCH

• University of Michigan, 1976

Mr. Petrie has maintained an active consulting practice since 1984, offering his services to ship designers and ship operators as well as to maritime law firms as an expert witness in areas related to ship stability, strength and wave-induced motions.


1984 to 2011 –Naval Architecture Faculty Appointments

• Webb Institute (1984 to 1997 and 2001 to 2011) - Professor of Naval Architecture, teaching courses in stability and strength, ship dynamics, ship structures and structural design.

• Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1989 to 1992) – Lecturer, Graduate Program, structures

• University of New Orleans (1997 to 2001). Visiting Professor, structural analysis, vessel design

1976 to 1984 – Senior Project Manager, Hoffman Maritime Consultants, Inc.

• performed over 200 vessel motion and operability studies for ships, barges and semisubmersible construction vessels and drill rigs

• supervised preparation of numerous mooring analysis studies for regulatory approval

George Petrie


• managed the development of onboard computer systems for real-time vessel motion and riser management system for Discoverer Seven Seas deep-water drilling in Baltimore Canyon

1970 to 1974 - Commissioned Officer, U.S. Coast Guard assigned to the NOAA Data Buoy Office

• designed hull and mooring systems for deep water, unmanned met/ocean data collection buoys


• Bennett & Associates - structural analysis for early MinDOC designs, operability analysis for floating offshore terminal, concept design for semi-submersible, interim Technical Director

• Sarost/Topic S.A. – concept design and source selection for recertified wellhead platform

• Tetra Offshore – resolution of issues with crane and winch systems on D/B Hedron

• The Seasteading Institute – serve as Director of Engineering, producing several reports on concept design and research related to development of large offshore floating platforms

Mr. Petrie is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME).