July 16, 1985 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

$222.4-Million Navy Contract Awarded Pennsylvania Shipbuilding To Construct Two Fleet Oilers

Pennsylvania Shipbuilding Company recently announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Department of the Navy for the construction of two new fleet oilers of the T-AO 187 class. The basic contract value is $222,476,849.

Work will start immediately on planning, engineering and material procurement with construction beginning in early 1986. The first ship will require about 1,000 man-years of production effort and will take about three years to build, with delivery to the Navy in 1989. Employment at the shipyard is expected to grow to about 2,000 over the next three years.

The ships to be built are fastreplenishment oilers, designed to refuel the Navy's ships at sea. Each is 667 feet 6 inches long, 97 feet 6 inches wide, with a draft of 35 feet.

Each carries 180,000 barrels of fuel and is powered by state-of-the-art diesel engines of 32,000 horsepower, giving a service speed of about 20 knots. They will be operated by the Military Sealift Command with a civil-service crew of 95 and a Navy detachment of 21.

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