Marine Concrete Structures Delivers First 2 Platforms From New Dock Facility

Marine Concrete Structures, Inc., Metairie, La. 70004, has delivered the first two offshore production platforms from its new graving dock facility at the firm's Port Bienville Yard, Don Payne, president, announced.

The graving dock, 155 feet in width, is the widest facility of this type along the entire Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida, and including the Mississippi River System. It was specially designed to this width by the firm's engineering staff in order to accommodate new construction of concrete gravity structures of unusual dimensions for use in offshore waters, Mr. Payne pointed out. It can also provide full drydocking of semisubmersible drilling rigs up to 155 feet for inspection and repair.

Known as the Robertson L.

Belden Graving Dock, the new facility was named a f t e r the founder and chairman of the company. Mr. Belden is a pioneer in the development of precast, prestressed concrete structures used by the oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico. Presently, there are over 400 structures built by the company in use in coastal areas, Mexico and Venezuela as production platforms, tank batteries, and oil-water separators.

Mr. Payne said the addition of the graving dock to its Port Bienville Yard will add an additional 100 jobs to its basic payroll.

This figure will expand as new c o n s t r u c t i o n projects are started in the graving dock.

The Marine Concrete Structures yard at Port Bienville, Miss., is the largest constructor of concrete gravity structures in the United States.

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