Sun Ship Builds Big, Fast Trailership In Record Time
Sun Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co., Chester, Pa., recently delivered the S/S Matsonia, marking the completion of a nine-month trailership construction program that was the fastest in the shipyard's history. The keel for the Matsonia was laid on March 15, 1973, and the vessel turned over to its operators, Matson Navigation Company, on December 11, 1973.
The trailership departed Chester, Pa., for Los Angeles, Calif., where it will join its Sun-built sister ship, S/S Lurline, in providing roll-on/ roll-off cargo service between the West Coast and Hawaii.
The Matsonia is'Sun Ship's basic trailership, but includes several customized features such as a bow thruster, liquid products tank for the transportation of molasses, and special auto decks. The Matsonia is the fifth trailership of the Ponce de Leon class built by Sun Ship.
Although the construction of the Matsonia is a shipyard record, all of Sun Ship's trailership construction programs have been marked by rapid construction time. The construction of the S/S Lurline was accomplished in a little more than 10 months.
The delivery of the Matsonia is Sun Ship's fourth in the 1973 calendar year. Previous ship deliveries in 1973 have included the S/S Lurline, the deep ocean mining ship Hughes Glomar Explorer, and the 80,000-deadweight-ton tanker Notre Dame Victory.
Other stories from January 15, 1974 issue
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- Dearborn-Storm To Add New Jackup Rigs At Cost Of $29 Million page: 5
- The Presque Isle page: 7
- Bergesen Heads Firm Seeking To Purchase Boston Navy Yard page: 11
- Navy Energy R&D Office Relocated page: 12
- Moore And McCormack Co. Plan To Change Firm's Name page: 12
- Navy Amphibious Assault Landing Craft To Be Built By Todd Seattle Shipyard page: 14
- SNAME New England Section And AWS Hear Japanese Shipbuilding Report At Joint Meeting page: 14
- Midshipmen Hear Panel Of Four Discuss Offshore Drilling Careers For USMMA Graduates page: 19
- Pacific Lighting Marine Awards Contract For Two LNGs To Sun Shipbuilding With Option To Build Three More Ships page: 19
- Supertanker Brooklyn Sold By Seatrain To General Electric Credit page: 22
- Lykes Elects Four New Vice Presidents page: 24
- Kent E. Hoffmeister Named Engineering VP At Nashville Bridge page: 24
- South African Marine Elects Charles Parkhill page: 25
- Giant Gantry Crane Ordered From Krupp By Newport News Ship page: 25
- GATX Subsidiary Orders Second Coal Carrier From Bay Shipbuilding page: 26
- Year-End Report page: 27
- N.Y. SNAME, NYPE, IME And ASNE Joint Meeting Hears Paper On Silencing Marine Gas Turbines page: 27
- American Ship Receives Orders Totaling $31 Million For Towboats And Barges page: 30
- First Semisubmersible Drilling Rig Built On U.S. East Coast Christened At Bethlehem Steel's Baltimore, Md. Shipyard page: 31
- Second French Cargo Vessel Delivered At Sorel page: 34
- Colt Industries Names J.F. Morgan President Power Systems Div. page: 34
- J.J. Henry Company Moorestown/Norfolk Announces Promotions page: 34
- Sydney Swan Retires From American Bureau page: 35
- More Navy Ship Repair Work For Private Shipyards page: 37
- Sun Ship Builds Big, Fast Trailership In Record Time page: 37
- Stewart & Stevenson Open London Office; Knapp Named Manager page: 38
- Captain Robert E. Hart Named New President Marine Index Bureau page: 39
- Military Sealift Command Invites Offers To Operate Nine 25,000-Dwt Tankers page: 41
- Hydro Products Introduces New Right Angle Adaptor For Underwater TV Camera page: 41