Bethlehem Steel Sparrows Point Lays Keel For $78-Million Farrell Lines Containership

Bethlehem Steel Corporation laid the keel for a 27,340-deadweight- ton containership for Farrell Lines at its Sparrows Point, Baltimore, Md., shipyard on November 9, and for the first time in more than five years began to build a ship on the inclined ways.

The 1,200-foot-long building basin, completed in 1971, which has been used recently for all shipbuilding §t the yard, already contains a Farrell Lines vessel under construction, as well as a bow section for a tanker being built at Newport News. There would not be space for another ship.

Thus, this second Farrell Lines vessel will be launched by sliding down the ways next summer, a spectacle not seen at the yard since the launching of a containership in December 1973.

The Farrell vessels are being constructed at an estimated cost of $78.3 million each, with a Maritime Administration construction differential subsidy of $39.8 million.

The ships will be 813-feet 3-inches overall, 769 feet between perpendiculars, with a molded beam of 90 feet. Their design sea speed will be 22.5 knots. Their turbines are rated at 28,500 shaft horsepower.

Each vessel will be capable of carrying, at the 33-foot draft, 1,708 containers, of which 768 may be refrigerated. Space is provided for unitized cargo, and tanks will carry 3,100 barrels of liquid cargo.

When completed, the vessels will go into service for Farrell Lines between U.S. ports on the Atlantic and Gulf Coasts and Australia and New Zealand.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 8,  Dec 1977

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