Blue Orca Marine Welcomes David Gray as In-House Naval Architect

Mar 12, 2024

[Vancouver, BC March 12, 2024] – Blue Orca Marine, a leading innovator in sustainable marine technologies, proudly announces the appointment of David Gray as the in-house Naval Architect. With a distinguished career spanning various facets of the naval architecture and marine technology sector, David brings a wealth of expertise and a passion for advancing maritime design and technology to the Blue Orca team.

David’s journey in the marine industry is a testament to his dedication and forward-thinking approach. Beginning his career at Lloyd’s Register, he gained extensive knowledge in class requirements and survey techniques before transitioning to Brown Brothers, where he made significant contributions to the development of hydrofoil concepts and ship stabilizer design. His entrepreneurial spirit led to the founding of Ace Marine Ltd, where he spearheaded groundbreaking projects in hydrofoil research and yacht development, including setting a British Waterspeed Record with the Bolt 18 yacht.

The strategic merger of Ace Marine with Marine Design International and the subsequent establishment of Vita Yachts highlighted David’s commitment to innovation in marine technology. Under his leadership, Vita Yachts achieved remarkable success in electric powerboat innovations, marking a significant milestone in sustainable marine design.

David’s leadership abilities were further demonstrated during his tenure at Morson Projects, where he led the Marine division through challenging times, including the COVID-19 pandemic. His efforts in establishing a remote team to support critical projects underscore his adaptability and resilience in navigating changing work environments.

In his recent roles at Dales Marine and Seabird Technologies, David focused on developing electrically powered and environmentally sustainable marine solutions, emphasizing the growing importance of eco-friendly innovations in the maritime industry.

Now, as the in-house Naval Architect for Blue Orca, David Gray is spearheading the development of the Orca concept, shaping the future of marine transportation. In his role, David plays a crucial part in overseeing the finalization of the ORCA vessel design and its transition to a ready-to-manufacture state for delivery to clients worldwide. Collaborating closely with the engineering team, David assesses the current design and engineering status of the ORCA vessel and develops comprehensive plans to align its design and engineering with the company’s vision and clients’ intended purposes. He leads the implementation of cutting-edge marine advancements and technologies to ensure that ORCA remains the most state-of-the-art zero-emissions commercial workboat available globally.

David Gray’s appointment underscores Blue Orca Marine’s commitment to excellence in sustainable marine design and its dedication to pushing the boundaries of innovation in the maritime industry.

About Blue Orca Marine

Blue Orca Marine is a pioneering Canadian Indigenous-owned marine technology company at the forefront of environmentally responsible and sustainable marine solutions. We are dedicated to leveraging leading technologies and fostering innovation within the marine industry through partnerships and collaboration. Our flagship vessel, ORCA, represents a ground-breaking advancement in commercial mid-size marine workboats, utilizing efficient hydrofoilling technology and powered by zero-emission hydrogen technology.


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