Early in April 2017, Zazz founding partner Gregory Newton passed away. He was the heart of our engineering team, a strong leader and a sharp mind.
Greg was also a founder of Delta T Systems, where he spent twelve years as Vice President, Chief Engineer, and designer. During his time with Delta T, he designed and developed many engine room ventilation products.
In the ten years prior to his work with Delta T, Greg owned and operated his own company. He provided marine survey, engineering, consulting and project management. This culminated with the engineering and construction of the 112 ft. “Margaux”, a high-speed aluminum motor yacht awarded “Most Innovative Motor Yacht” of 1994 by Showboats International. This vessel served as the development prototype for the original automatic pressure controlled engine room ventilation system at Delta T Systems.
At the time of his passing, Greg was in his early 60s. We were proud to work for him, and we thank him for all his hard work.
With heavy hearts, we inform you of the passing of George “Good Guy” MacDonald this past Sunday. George was a founding partner of Zazz Engineering in 2010. With his knowledge of the industry and sales, he helped Zazz grow to the leader it is today in commercial ship moisture/air control systems.
George grew up on the water, boating with his family and friends. After serving in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, George owned and operated a glider school before moving to Florida and starting Mac Seal Inc. based on his US Patent for dripless shaft seals.
In 1993 he sold Mac Seal to Duramax Marine and became their Sales Manager for shaft seals focusing on government accounts. Later, George took his knowledge of Government accounts and worked for Delta T Systems as the Northeastern Sales Manager.
For many of our customers, George was the warm smile and firm handshake of Zazz Engineering. We will miss him dearly.
Patti Marine was tasked with performing a stern extension and refit of the vessel. Jensen Maritime provided engineering services for the conversion. Thanks to Patti Marine and Jensen, the DEFENDER now sports a massive fish pumping system, a bulbous bow, a whaleback bow cover, antiroll tank, new propellers, new nozzles, and Zazz MRC vents on the vessel's major intake and exhaust ports.
The DEFENDER is now part of the fleet owned by Seattle's Global Seas, who will operate the vessel in the Bering Sea. It is Global Seas' first fish pumping vessel, and it has the largest wet fish hold capacity of any fishing boat in the United States.
Source: National Fisherman
Each vessel in the class features eight Zazz MRCs, mounted on the rear of the superstructure. These are beautiful vessels, and we are proud to have our products on board.
Zazz Engineering, Inc. has just completed a 10 boat OSV Contract on FiFi-Classed DP2 vessels using our MRC demisters/weather closures. The MRCs were hose tested during an ABS vessel inspection, and we are pleased to report that Zazz received the following ABS endorsement:
“ABS Witnessed Hose Test on 29 May 2014 by George Morris.
Based upon this test, ABS Accepts all MRC (ZAZZ) type Louver and no future test is necessary.”
Jason Hoffmeister - ABS Senior Surveyor
Passing the test was anticipated, and is great news for current and future MRC customers! Using the Zazz MRC eliminates the need for fixed demisters or louvers on vessels where air openings must be weather-tight.