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The Shearer Group Inc. Celebrates 10th Anniversary

The Shearer Group Inc. (TSGI) is celebrating its first decade in business. In 2010, Gregory Beers and Cory Wood, founders of Bristol Harbor Group Inc. (BHGI), purchased the assets of Shearer & Associates Inc., the naval architecture firm started by Ed Shearer. Shearer remains with TSGI as a principal naval architect.

TSGI offers naval architecture, marine engineering and marine surveying services to the inland market. Bristol Harbor Group, with its roots going back to Beers and Wood’s college house at the University of Michigan in 1993, is a full-service naval architecture, marine engineering and consulting firm based in Bristol, R.I. BHGI focuses on the bluewater sector and government clients. The company specializes in the design of tugs, barges, articulated tug/barge units (ATBs), passenger vessels, workboats and floating drydocks.

While separate legal entities, TSGI and BHGI, as sister companies, share resource allocation and project support, often with Shearer Group personnel supporting Bristol Harbor Group projects, and vice versa.

While retaining Shearer’s 50-plus years of knowledge and experience in the inland market, TSGI also has a team of young, talented engineers, including TSGI Engineering Manager Joshua Sebastian, who started out as a naval architect with Bristol Harbor Group.

“Mr. Sebastian has done a wonderful job implementing BHGI’s corporate ethos at TSGI and steering the company forward,” according to a company press release. “Under Mr. Sebastian’s leadership, TSGI has grown significantly, adding employees and growing a diverse clientele that includes vessel operators, shipyards and government entities.”

The Shearer Group is a leader in implementing diesel-electric propulsion, energy storage and LNG as a fuel, while also applying the latest engineering technology, such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis. Recent projects include design and construction oversight of a 500-passenger, double-ended diesel-electric ferry for the Texas Department of Transportation, design of a 23,000-barrel tank barge for Southwest Shipyard L.P., design and engineering of four Z-drive towboats for SCF, LNG conversion designs and multiple barge designs for inland waterway companies.