Work Progressing On USS Kalamazoo Overhaul At Hoboken Shipyards

Hoboken Shipyards, Inc. is in the midst of the $14.25-million overhaul of the replenishment oiler USS Kalamazoo (AOR-6) shown above in the yard's 26,000-ton floating drydock. In addition to this dock, the Hoboken, N.J., facility has three other drydocks with lifting capacities of 16,760, 14,200, and 7,500 tons.

A subsidiary of BSI Corporation, Hoboken Shipyards has been in operation since acquisition from Bethlehem Steel Corporation in January 1983. Current work force numbers approximately 400 employees.

Responsibility for work in hand that Bethlehem started was assumed by the company and completed without interruption. To date, more than 100 ships have been serviced at the yard's Hoboken and Bayonne facilities, and some 140 non-ship jobs have been performed.

Hoboken Shipyards also operates the former Navy graving dock located at the Military Ocean Terminal Base in Bayonne, N.J., just north of the Kill Van Kull in Upper New York Bay. With its associated ship berths and shops, this dock adds a significant dimension to the repair capabilities of the Hoboken company, and to the size of vessels that can be serviced in New York Harbor.

The Bayonne graving dock is one of the largest on the East Coast, and can accommodate fully loaded ships up to a maximum length of about 1,080 feet and beam of 138 feet. This big dock is reserved exclusively for ship repair and maintenance.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 18,  Dec 15, 1983 Donald E. Ridley

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