SNAME Metropolitan Section Reviews T-AKX Ship Conversion

"Conversion of Maersk Lines E Class Ships to Maritime Prepositioning Ships (T-AKX)" was the topic of a technical paper presented at a recent dinner meeting of the New York Metropolitan Section of The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. The paper was prepared by Alan R.

Reid, Military Sealift Command; John C. Henry, Military Sealift Command; Birger Jurgensen, Maersk Lines; Wieboe Nielsen, Maersk Lines; Robert A. Fiorelli, Bethlehem Steel Corp.; Robert S.

Behr, Bethlehem Steel Corp.; and Raymond J. Armstrong, Bethlehem Steel Corp.

The authors outlined the concept of using prepositioned vessels containing military equipment as located in strategic areas throughout the world awaiting rapid troop development when necessary. The required operational capabilities of the vessels to perform this function were presented.

The authors described the vessels prior to conversion, the vessel modification and the final layout of the ships. Reflagging and reclassification efforts were also discussed.

Methods used by the shipyard to complete all conversion works as quickly and efficiently as possible were examined in detail.

In addition, 15 past chairmen who were present were honored on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the New York Metropolitan Section.

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