January 1977 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

Marinette Marine Completes $8-Million 20-Vessel Gunboat Contract On Schedule

Marinette Marine Corporation, Foot of Ely Street, Marinette, Wis. 54143, has delivered a total of 20 gunboats under order by the U.S. Navy. The $8-million contract was completed with the recent acceptance of the final vessel at Pier 6, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Naval Yard. All 20 vessels are being transshipped to Iran.

The gunboats are 65 feet in overall length, with an 18-foot beam. The maximum draft is 5 feet 10 inches. They are rated at 82,500 pounds displacement, and powered by three 545-hp 8V71TI General Motors engines.

Operating speed is approximately 30 knots.

Marinette Marine reports that contract delivery date has been met—extending a five-year record for the shipbuilder.

Marinette Marine cites it as one of an unprecedented number of concurrent major projects to be constructed under roof at their expanded facilities in Marinette, Wis. Still in varying stages of production are nine LCUs for delivery to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; 19 LCMs and eight Mini-ATCs.

Completion of the gunboats follows recent announcement of the shipbuilder's signing of a contract for manufacture of the two largest Artubar tug/barge systems ever built. The order marks Marinette Marine's first venture as a supplier of vessels for foreign commerce. It was placed by Coordinated Caribbean Transport, Inc., a division of Transway International Corporation.

The contract is among first major results of Marinette Marine's announced plan to assume a substantially greater role as a supplier of specialty vessels to commercial markets.

In line with this program has been the addition of three new building bays, a 53,000-squarefoot enclosed, heated warehouse, and new NC burning and support equipment—all in the past three years.

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