Elliott Bay Design Group, Coastwise Corp. Form Partnership

Elliott Bay Design Group is expanding its reach in Alaska and beyond.

The Seattle-based company announced Feb. 21 that it’s teaming up with Anchorage-based marine engineering and naval architect company Coastwise Corp. in a strategic partnership that combines EBDG’s designs with Coastwise’s portfolio.

Under the agreement, Elliott Bay is acquiring Coastwise’s assets and would be rebranded as Coastwise Engineering, a new division of EBDG with 57 staff members that continues to offer “naval architecture services to both public and private clients, using existing Coastwise Corporation contact methods,” according to EBDG.

“EBDG is excited to expand our presence in Alaska and strengthen our position in the industry through this acquisition,” Jim Towers, principal in charge at EBDG said. “We believe that combining forces with Coastwise Corporation’s talented team will open up new possibilities.”

The agreement also brings on board Coastwise owner and principal Patrick Eberhardt, whose four decades of experience and knowledge of the Alaskan maritime industry is expected to help Elliott Bay’s efforts to expand its reach in Alaska, where the company said it hopes to capture potential passenger vessel, remote/arctic workboat and fishing sector opportunities.

“We are looking forward to working on a large and talented new team,” Eberhardt said. “This partnership will allow us to better serve our existing clients and let us take on larger and more challenging projects. We are confident in the ability of our new team, given that we have a history of collaborating together for nearly 30 years.”

By Karen Robes Meeks