of the "Alvenus"
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the Oil Tanker ALVENUS which grounded and suffered catastrophic
main ship girder failure in the Calcasieu Channel in Louisiana.
was a consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice since the many
resulting lawsuits included some against the U.S. Government for
alleged insufficient maintenance of the channel. Professor Milgram
was able to show that the channel maintenance was correct and the
damage resulted from excessive ship draft, excessive ship speed
and an inadequate ship structure. As a result, the U. S. govenrment
was exhonerated from wrongdoing by the court.
ACTIVITIES (Partial List)
• Aluminum Company of America; Analysis and reduction of detrimental waves that
occur in Hall cells used for aluminum production.
• American Original Corp.; New technology for harvesting shellfish from the sea.
• Bingham, Dana and Gould, attorneys; investigator and expert witness for marine
accidents related to ship maneuvering and ship wave generation.
• Cabot Corporation; the hydrodynamics of surface coatings for ships and marine
• Conoco Norway, Inc.; Predicting forces from gas blowout plumes on tension-leg
• DeCof and Grimm, Attorneys; Evaluation of design and construction of a transoceanic
sailing vessel which suffered structural failure.
• EG&G, Inc.; Offshore gas well hydrodynamics, and the hydrodynamics of disposing
waste, offshore-well gas into the sea.
• Exxon Production Research Company; Methods for evaluating oil pollution control
• Hoch and Flanagan, Proctors in Admiralty; Naval Architecture and Marine Hydrodynamics
of the Sinking of the Drillship Glomar Java Sea.
• Honeywell, Inc.; motions of oceanographic instruments in waves and currents.
• Horizon Marine Enterprises, Inc.; computer-aided design and construction of sails.
• Huyck, Inc; hydrodynamic analysis of paper making machines.
• Johns-Manville, Inc.; principal designer of the U.S. Coast Guard High Seas Oil
• Kennecott Exploration, Inc.; deep ocean mining, collection, transfer, and transportation
of seabed minerals.
• Krusen, Evans and Byrne, Attorneys; Expert witness services on ship maneuvering
while using radar.
• Kydd and Handy, Proctors in Admiralty; Expert witness on mooring and anchoring.
• Lamport Sail Fabric, Ltd.; methods for laboratory testing of textiles and the physical
chemistry of textile production.
• Arthur D. Little, Inc.; theory for dispersing oil slicks at sea.
• Looney and Grossman, Attorneys at Law; investigation of the effects of ship layout
and design upon the handling of docklines.
• Mobil Oil (through legal representative); Naval architectural investigation of circumstances
surrounding the sinking of the semi-submersible drilling rig, OCEAN
• New York State, Attorney General’s Office; advisor and expert witness on oil spill
prevention and control.
• New Zealand America’s Cup Challenge; Evaluation of potential sailing speeds of
single and multi-hulled sailing craft through use of Velocity Prediction Computer
• Northrup Corporation; motions of towed bodies in waves and currents.
• Offshore Devices, Inc.; design of fiberglass and aluminum work boats, conversion of
commercial fishing vessels to oil collection vessels, and refinement and production
of U.S. Coast Guard High Seas oil pollution cleanup equipment.
• Patterson Kitz, Barristers and Solicitors; speed and maneuvering characteristics on
a motor vessel involved in a marine casualty.
• Phelps Dunbar, Counsellors at Law; investigation of collison between a Panama
Canal Tug and a surfaced submarine.
• Ravcon Corporation; Organization, data analysis and performance prediction associated
with a large scale sailing vessel model test program involving approximately
40 models, each about 23 feet long.
• Supervisor of Salvage, U. S. Navy; on dynamics and improvements in safety and
reliability of towlines and towing procedures.
• Searle Consortium, Ltd.; Quantatative calculations for anchoring and mooring related
to marine casualties.
• Simplex Wire and Cable Company, Hydrospace Division; ocean engineering of undersea
power cables and pipelines.
• State of Maine, Attorney General’s Office; expert witness on containing and removing
• United States Coast Guard; evaluating oil pollution control barriers.
• U.S. Department of Justice; Investigator and expert witness for ship grounding and
• J.H. Westerbeke Corporation; navigational instruments and marine evaporators.
• The Diddel Law Firm; investigation of the capsize and sinking of the drill ship,
• Whittaker Corp.; The maneuverability and safety of vessels built by their Trojan
Yachts Division, related to a marine casualty.
• Lake Charles Pilots Association and K. M. Wright, attorney; on the behavior of
pilot boats in rough seas.
• Government of Canada; in formulating and explaining salvage plan for recovery the
sunken pollution laden barge, Irving Whale.
• AC2003, the Swiss America’s Cup Team led by Mr. Ernesto Bertarelli.
• Marvin Barish Law Offices - Investigation and expert testimpony on capsize of
fishing trawler with loss of life.
• Davis, White & Pettingell Law Offices - Investigation of maneuvering of tugboats
in currents, breach of hull of Oil Tank Ship and resulting oil spill.