Bay Shipbuilding Awarded $l 80-Million Contract To Build Three Containerships For Sea-Land

At a recent contract signing ceremony in the Washington office of Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth H. Dole, Sea-Land Corporation of Menlo Park, N.J., awarded a $180-million shipbuilding order to Bay Shipbuilding Corporation of Sturgeon Bay, Wise., a subsidiary of The Manitowoc Company. The contract was signed by Sea-Land chairman and chief executive officer Joseph F. Abely Jr. and Bay Shipbuilding president George K.

Geiger.

The contract calls for construction of three diesel-powered, fuelefficient containerships at a cost of approximately $60 million per ship.

The D-7 class vessels will be deployed to carry containerized cargoes between Puget Sound, Wash., and Anchorage and Kodiak, Alaska.

They will fly the U.S. flag and be operated by Sea-Land Service with American crews.

This shipbuilding project will be financed with Sea-Land's Capital Construction Fund (CCF) that is administered by the Maritime Administration.

The CCF involves funds received by Sea-Land for the sale in 1981 and 1982 of its eight SL-7 class containerships to the U.S. Navy for use by the Military Sealift Command in the Rapid Deployment Fleet. Four of the eight SL-7s have already been converted and have joined the MSC fleet.

These new 20-knot ships, powered by slow-speed diesel engines and specially strengthened against Alaska's severe winter environment, will replace four smaller steam-powered vessels now operating in Sea- Land's Alaskan service. Each ship will carry more than 700 forty-foot containers, increasing Sea-Land's box-carrying capacity in the trade by about 40 percent.

"This $180-million construction project reflects our commitment to the Alaska service and our resolve to operate a fuel-efficient, diesel-powered fleet throughout our worldwide operations," Mr. Abely said. "It is particularly appropriate that we undertake this building project as we approach the 20th anniversary of our December 1964 voyage that began the industry's year-round containership service to Alaska," he added.

The new ships will be of about 16,000 dwt, with an overall length of 710 feet, beam of 78 feet, and design draft of 30 feet. The first keel is expected to be laid in July 1985, with deliveries scheduled August and November 1986 and May 1987.

"At peak construction, up to 1,500 new shipyard employees will be required, in addition to those who might be working on other projects," Mr. Geiger said.

Sea-Land Service is the largest U.S.-flag carrier of containerized ocean cargo, operating a fleet of more than 60 containerships that call at 71 ports, serving 59 countries and territories.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 11,  Nov 15, 1984 House Appropriations Committee

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