Passenger Liner's Fast Repair At Northwest Marine Iron Works

Northwest Marine Iron Works of Portland, Ore., has placed the Veendam, a Holland-America passenger liner, back into service in less than two weeks, following an accident suffered in Alaskan waters.

The passenger liner, which runs between Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, and Alaska, was repaired under an approximate $500,000 contract by Northwest Marine Iron Works, after it hit a pinnacle.

Approximately 90 feet of bottom plate was replaced on the starboard bow of the Veendam.

The 615-foot-long vessel required a 23,000-ton lift.

Northwest Marine Iron Works' ability to handle heavy vessels will be enhanced substantially early next year when the Port of Portland's new 81,000-ton drydock goes into operation. The drydock, which stretches 990 feet long and 185 feet wide, will be the largest drydock on the West Coast when completed.

Northwest Marine Iron Works has a major role in outfitting of the new drydock when it arrives from Japan this fall, as it is responsible for installation of dewatering pumps, major electrical work, utility line connections, access equipment and touch-up painting under a $2.6-million contract.

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