Sparrows Point Eligible For All Navy Contracts

Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point shipbuilding yard, which has received two repair contracts under a limited expansion of the Navy's homeport rule, will be eligible for all Navy contracts.

Representative Helen Delich Bentley, who played a pivotal role in getting the Reagan Administration to help the ailing shipyard, announced the decision to allow Sparrows Point to bid on all Navy repair contracts.

In his initial decision to include Baltimore within Norfolk's homeport radius, Navy Secretary John Lehman intended that Sparrows Point be eligible for all Navy work.

However, in the promulgating the change in policy, Navy brass limited the yard's role to only fixed-price contracts.

Bethlehem officials complained to Representative Bentley that the yard had been excluded from the Navy's list of prospective bidders on Phased Maintenance Agreements.

David Watson, general manager at the Sparrows Point yard, said because of this omission Bethlehem did not receive bid packages for 11 ships.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 38,  Dec 1986 Washington

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