Beth-Sparrows Point Yard Installs $1.1-Million Intermediate Gate For Building/Vessel Servicing Basin

The Sparrows Point shipyard of Bethlehem Steel Corporation has completed the construction and installation of a $l.l-million intermediate gate for its 1,200-foot-long building and vessel servicing basin.

The gate, shown in one of two fixed locations in the basin, will provide a savings to the yard when working on the smaller vessels that are more prevalent in today's construction and repair market.

With the gate in place, one or both smaller sections can be used.

Placed in one position, the gate will provide two sections of 300- and 900-foot lengths. In the other position, it divides the basin into sections of 685- and 515-foot lenghts. If a vessel is drydocked in the inboard section, for example, just the outboard section can be flooded while another vessel is floated in to be drydocked or floated out upon completion.

The gate was made in three sections— each weighing more than 70 tons—so that a section can easily be moved in a single crane lift. It was designed by Century Engineering, Inc. of Towson, Md., fabricated by Bethlehem craftsmen and put in place during the third week of December.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 8,  Feb 1986 Thomas Sovereign Gates , Jr.

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