June 1983 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

Bethlehem Steel Lays Keel For Second T-AKX Reconstruction

Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Sparrows Point, Md., yard has dedicated the keel for the reconstruction of its second ship in the U.S. Navy's Maritime Prepositioning Ship Program, it was announced recently by David Watson, yard general manager.

"The keel is for the mid-body section of the Emma Maersk, which is due to arrive at the yard in November," Mr. Watson said.

The ship is now operating on trade routes between the Persian Gulf and Japan, he said.

"Sections of the mid-body are now being erected at the yard," he explained, "so that once the ship arrives at the yard's building basin and is cut in half, the new mid-body can be put into place within a minimum of time." Participating with Mr. Watson in the keel dedication ceremony were Birger Jurgensen, executive vice president, Maersk Line, Limited ; H. Wiboe Nielsen, vice president of operations, Maersk; Anthony C. Charwick, principal surveyor for the Atlantic Coast and Caribbean, American Bureau of Shipping ; and Capt. Jarold C. Carlton, commanding officer, Baltimore marine safety office, U.S. Coast Guard.

The Estelle Maersk, now being recon- structed in the building basin, will be moved to the yard's outfitting pier for completion so that the Emma Maersk can enter the basin upon arrival. The Emma Maersk is scheduled to be re-delivered in 1985.

Upon re-delivery, the ships will be chartered by the Navy's Military Sealift Command for the mobile, long-term storage of equipment and supplies to meet about 20 percent of the needs of a Marine amphibious brigade. Ships in the program will be stationed at strategic locations throughout the world to provide a rapid deployment capability.

Each ship is being lengthened 157 feet by the addition of a new mid-body, and the depth is being increased from 54 feet to nearly 70 feet.

Other additions will include new internal decks, side port ramps, cranes, cargo fuel tanks, repair shops, a helicopter platform, extra deckhouse accommodations, and a semi-slewing stern ramp.

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