OPS Forms New Marine Design Services Division Roy Thomas Named Director

Offshore Power Systems (OPS), located in Jacksonville, Fla., has recently formed a marine design services division. A staff of over 100 engineering, design personnel complemented by a Computer-Aided-Design and Drafting System, a fully equipped and professionally staffed model shop, and a modern testing laboratory are available to serve the marine industry.

Offshore Power Systems, a Westinghouse enterprise, was originally formed as a joint venture between Westinghouse and Tenneco (Newport News Shipbuilding) with total responsibility for the engineering, design, analysis, licensing and manufacture of Floating Nuclear Plants. OPS is currently providing design services for two major shipyards. Roy Thomas will be director of the Marine Design Division, and Clinton Dotson will be chief engineer of naval architecture and marine engineering. Mr. Thomas will be responsible for organizing and directing all marine design and engineering services provided to the maritime industries. He has over 20 years' experience in the marine field in design, engineering, supervision, project management and administration. Mr. Thomas spent 15 years at Newport News Shipbuilding prior to joining OPS as chief engineer, design.

Mr. Dotson will be responsible for all engineering work on marine design projects.

He began his 25-year career in the marine industry as an apprentice in the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School. He gained extensive experience in the design and analysis of both Navy and commercial vessels during his 19 years of employment at Newport News Shipbuilding, and held the position of engineering section manager in the Hull Technical Department prior to joining OPS in 1972 as manager, naval architecture.

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