$2.6-Million Modernization Contracts Awarded To TTS By Vemar Yard

Total Transportation Systems, Inc. (TTS) of Newport News, Va., has recently received three contracts, totaling in excess of $2.6 million, from Vemar, Inc. of Channelview, Texas. These contracts are part of a major modernization program that should result in Vemar, Inc. becoming one of the most modern and efficient marine construction yards of its size in North America.

This modernization will include a complete shotblast and paint line for steel plates and structural shapes. An automated material- handling- system will convey the processed materials into and out of the shotblast line. The entire system will be controlled by a single operator.

A TTS panel production line will be used to produce stiffened panels and sections. Based on an annual throughput in the range of 700 to 800 panels, a savings of more than 15 manhours per ton can be realized. The panel line will produce stiffened panels up to 60 feet wide. It will feature a one-side welding process station that will weld a series of plates together into a plate blanket.

The completed panels and sections will be removed from the end of the panel line and transported to storage areas or the launch ways using the TTS Lift- Loader. The Lift-Loader is a heavy-capacity, fork-lift truck operated semitrailer that has the capability to load and unload itself without the use of cranes.

Designed to be an integrated system, the facility will enable Vemar to be highly efficient in the construction of jackup rigs, posted drill barges, submersibles, and other marine structures.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 23,  Mar 15, 1981 Cape Henlopen

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