April 1983 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

Sause Bros. Building 2,500-Ton Drydock For Pacific Marine

Unitek, a locally owned Honolulu, Hawaii, firm and Sause Bros., an Oregon transportation and shipyard company, announced recently that they are constructing a $2-million floating steel drydock for ship repair to be based in Honolulu.

The 200-foot by 100-foot drydock is being built at the Sause Bros. Coos Bay, Ore. shipyard.

The drydock, which will be moored at Unitek's Pacific Marine ship repair facility in downtown Honolulu at Pier 13, will arrive there sometime before June 30, 1983. The new drydock can handle ships up to 2,500 tons and 80 feet wide, and will employ 30 to 40 people.

"We expect to be able to handle about 95 percent of the available market, including wide vessels which are now being repaired on the mainland because local drydocks can't accommodate them," said Steven Loui, Unitek's president.

Once Unitek's drydock is in operation, Hawaii will have competitive drydocking services for the first time in 35 years. The other drydock, at Dillingham Shipyard, is leased from the Navy and was built in the 1940s.

Sause Bros., with headquarters in Portland, is a group of maritime companies specializing in tug and barging. Since 1966, Sause Brothers has served as a common carrier for shipping between the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii, specializing in forest products.

Unitek is a group of Hawaiian companies which include Pacific Marine (shipbuilding and repair), Unitek Electronics, Unitek Mechanical Contracting, Unitek Environmental Services, Unitek Insulation, Unitek Computer Services, Unitek Supply and Unitek Welding and Fabrication.

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