Moss Point Marine Completes Four-Ship U.S. Army Contract

Moss Point Marine, Inc. recently delivered the 273-foot logistic support vessel Lt. Gen. William B.

Bunker (LSV 4) to the U.S. Army, completing a four-ship contract between the Escatawpa, Miss., shipbuilder and the Army.

The Bunker is one of a new class of landing craft which is capable of delivering large quantities of cargo to almost any beach or port facility in the world.

With ramps fore and aft, the Bunker has a drive-through capability and can assist in logistics over the shore operations. Containerized, break-bulk, and roll-on/roll-off (RO/RO) cargoes can safely and quickly be loaded, transported, and discharged. The new vessel is also equipped with a computer which links it to Army and Navy storage facilities for spare parts and supply source information.

The $10.2-million vessel was built at Moss Point Marine for the Army under a contract administered by the U.S. Navy and its Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion, and Repair (SUPSHIPS) in Pascagoula, Miss.

The all-steel Bunker is 273 feet in length with a 60-foot beam and 16- foot 5-inch depth. She is powered by two General Motors EMD16-645-E2 diesel engines. The LSV can transport between 900 and 2,000 short tons of cargo, depending on the type of operation. The vessel is capable of approximately 12 knots sustained speed and has a range of over 5,500 nautical miles at loaded displacement.

Her crew consists of six officers and 24 enlisted men.

The Bunker has been assigned to Forscom, 1099 TC, at Ft. Eustis, Va.

Moss Point Marine, Inc. is part of the Trinity Marine Group which is owned by Trinity Industries, Inc. of Dallas, Texas. Other members of the shipbuilding group are Halter Marine, Inc. shipyards in Moss Point, Miss., and Lockport, La., Equitable Shipyards Inc., with facilities in New Orleans and Madisonville, La., and Gretna Machine and Iron Works, Inc., Harvey, La.

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