b'FOGHORN FOCUSAbove: Enhydra, part of Red and White, is a lithium-Ion battery plug-in hybrid vessel. Left: BAE Systems next-generation power and propulsion solutions have electrical efficiency with a modular slice design that enables applicationspecific configuration.integrated solution provides customers with the necessary assurance that every component in the broader system will be able to synchronize prop-erly when the boat hits the water.Companies are also expanding to build an expertise in electrification toAbout the Author offer a full package from power accessories to propulsion. This allows the shipyard to avoid the tedious and complicated process of sourcing in- JOE HUDSPETHdividual requirements and trying to make them work together. Instead,DIRECTOR, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT,having all elements as part one solution, and backed by engineering sup- GLOBAL MARINE port, streamlines the entire process.BAE SYSTEMS, POWER ANDPROPULSION SOLUTIONSMoving to electric propulsion also establishes a digital future, eliminat-ing the need for specialized mechanics. Todays electronic propulsionJoe Hudspeth is the Director of Business Development for systems are fully sealed, robust, and can withstand the rigors of operat- Global Marine at BAE Systems in Endicott, N.Y. Hudspeth ing reliably in a maritime environment. A sophisticated telematics sys- has been involved with maritime sales, marketing, and product PHOTOS COURTESY OF BAE SYSTEMStem underlines support for the propulsion solution, which allows thedevelopmentsince2000.Hecurrentlyservesasaregional aftermarket team to monitor system performance, and anticipate anyco-chairman for the Passenger Vessel Association, is a judge adjustments or maintenance without having to be onsite. fortheWorldwideFerrySafetyAssociationstudentdesign competition, and frequently speaks and writes on maritime and This is an exciting time for the marine industry. The electric revolutionferry related issues. Hudspeth lives Bellingham, Wash. with his is only getting started, and the technology continues to progress as wewife and two sons and he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business develop simple solutions for complex requirements, all while helping toAdministration from Western Washington University. provide clean power and propulsion for our waterways and harbors. FOGHORN 14'