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OCC Joins COWI North America

Ocean and Coastal Consultants (OCC), has become a member of COWI (pronounced Covi) North America, Inc., which is part of COWI A/S of Lyngby, Denmark.

The move was designed to provide capital backing for OCC’s unprecedented growth.

“For our clients and employees, there will be little change in our day to day operation and business,” said Stanley M. White, P.E., president and founder of OCC and the new president of COWI North America. “This is a positive step in the evolution of a quality firm. This move will be especially good for our talented and motivated staff, giving them opportunities to exchange ideas and assist on projects on a global basis,” said White.

“Our clients will benefit from the extensive problem-solving expertise of COWI, including offshore wind farms and coastal engineering,” he continued.

Since 1988 COWI has been present on the United States West Coast through its subsidiary Ben C. Gerwick in San Francisco, who specializes in marine deep foundations and concrete structures.

“The two companies in the USA each have their own profile but will be able to enrich one another,” says Ole Juul Jensen, Director, Marine and Coastal Engineering, COWI.

OCC will continue to operate independently, maintaining their focus on their key service areas in the marine and coastal environments.

COWI is an international consulting group, working with engineering, environmental science and economics. Founded in 1930, the firm has been involved in more than 50,000 projects in 175 countries. Its 3,500 employees include engineers, biologists, geologists, economists, surveyors, anthropologists, sociologists and architects. The company has subsidiaries and offices in 35 countries, and project offices in all countries in which it operates.

In early 2006, COWI was awarded a contract in cooperation with Halcrow, Hyder and Adamson to design and supervise all infrastructure for the multi-billion dollar Lusail Development Project on the north shoreline of Doha, Qatar.

From August 2004 to January 2006 COWI was sub-consultant to Bechtel on the planning and design activities of the marine and earthworks for the project, which involves dredging and reclamation to create new islands, access channels and beaches in a 21-square-kilometer development. The finished project will include low- and high-rise residential housing for about 200,000 inhabitants, business, corporate and mixed use areas, beaches with top class hotels, two golf courses, and an entertainment district. The construction of the infrastructure works is scheduled to be completed in 2011.

OCC is a 43-person consulting engineering company headquartered in Trumbull, Connecticut.

Founded in 1983, the company specializes in coastal and port engineering, including underwater inspection with engineer and professional engineer divers. The company provides complete project permitting services for the preparation of federal, state and local regulatory permits related to dredging and coastal construction.

Clients include members of the public and private sectors throughout the United States. OCC’s expertise includes coastal engineering, engineering planning, rehabilitation and replacement design for marine structures, dredged material management design, permitting, and construction administration (resident engineering services).

The company draws on the marine construction experience of the professional staff in preparing project plans and specifications, and in developing options and probable costs. OCC maintains more than 100 active projects, with construction values ranging from $10,000 to more than $75 million. Among their ongoing dredging projects are the passenger ship terminal in New York City, the IMTT terminal in Bayonne, New Jersey, and the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Sandy Hook, New Jersey.

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