Charles (Chuck) Robinson, Co-Founder and President, who lives in the United States and maintains a residence in Venice, has been involved in ship design for most of his career.
He served for five years in the U.S. Navy during WWII as an engineering officer. Later, as President of an international iron-ore shipping and mining company, he sought to reduce the cost of ocean transportation as a means of expanding his markets for iron ore in Japan and Europe. He pioneered the design and construction of the largest bulk cargo ships as well as the development of combination ore-oil carriers. He also designed and constructed the “Panamax”, the largest ship to transit the Panama Canal, and the first mineral tankers to transport iron ore in slurry form.
After three years in the U.S. government as Deputy Secretary of State with Henry Kissinger, Chuck renewed his interest in boat designs. From his participation in the development of San Francisco’s sailboat for the 1988 America’s Cup competition in Perth, Australia, he formed a company, Dyna Yacht, Inc., (later CBTF Co.) to advance this technology.
Chuck shares the concern of most Venetians regarding the serious damage to canal wall foundations caused by the wave generation of passing motorboats, as well as noise and air pollution. To resolve these problems, he developed, and now has patent protection of, M-hull Technology. MSHIPCO was formed to collaborate in the implementation of this breakthrough technology.
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Bill Burns, Co-Founder, Executive Director, develops MSHIPCO’s technology and supports the team through a unique blend of creative design, naval engineering and business experience.
Bill leads the MSHIPCO office and is responsible for conceptualization, development and execution of innovative marine concepts for the military, commercial and recreational markets. Bill was the Design and Project Leader for the revolutionary military craft, the Stiletto, responsible for its development and construction.
Additionally, he has designed innovative concepts for a diverse range of organizations, including the Naval Research Lab, Office of Naval Research, Office of Force Transformation, Scripps Institute of Oceanography and America’s Cup syndicates. He was also a founding member of CBTF Co., which designed high-performance sailing yachts featuring the patented canting ballast twin foil (CBTF™) appendage design. He has received numerous design awards including ones for innovation from Time Magazine, Business Week and Sailing World.
In addition to operational responsibilities, he has established relationships with congressional, military and industrial leaders to promote advanced concepts to the Department of Defense.
Bill graduated from the University of California San Diego with a BS in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Mathematics and from San Diego State University’s Executive MBA program. He is a member of SNAME (Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers), IDSA (Industrial Design Society of America), the MIT Enterprise Forum, SNA (Surface Navy Association) and is a former board member of the San Diego Chapter of AUVSI (Association for Unmanned Vehicles Systems International).
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