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Corning Townsend III

Title: Director of CT Consulting
Company: CT Marine
Location: Edgecomb, Maine, United States

Corning Townsend III, Director of CT Consulting at CT Marine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Engineers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in naval architecture.

Attributing his success to hard work and good timing, Mr. Townsend applied skills attained at the University of Michigan, where he graduated with a BS and MS in naval architecture and marine engineering. He began his career in 1968 as The Guest Scientific Officer for the Netherlands Ship Model Basin, focusing on hydrodynamics.

Mr. Townsend shifted his focus from hydrodynamics to designing ocean tugs and large barges. In the 1980s following the downturn in oil, he concentrated on shallow draft, high horsepower push boats for rivers such as the Amazon and the Mississippi, a specialization to which he has remained dedicated. To date CT Marine has designed every towboat since 1988 more powerful than 7000 HP for the Mississippi River.

Mr. Townsend cites his involvement with the first articulated tug and barge (ATB) as one of his most notable achievements. He also designed and tested the first vapor recovery system on both Inland and Ocean barges in the United States and has several patents involving improved steering on shallow draft towboats. Accompanying these accomplishments, Mr. Townsend was selected in 2001 as a Fellow to the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. In 2016 he was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by Inland Waterways in 2016.

Mr. Townsend excelled as a self-employed naval architect from when he started CT Marine in 1976 until he transferred ownership of the company to his son Christian in 2017. In the upcoming years, he is proud to see his legacy continue through both his son and grandson. He is proud of his ability to work with diverse groups, including corporate presidents, welders, and crane operators. His professional advice to young marine engineers is to question everything, think beyond the obvious and remain observant.

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