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Peterson Builders Awarded $185-Million Navy Contract
To Build Three More MCMs
Bethlehem Steel Yard
Performs Repairs On
Premier Cruise Ship
The 605-foot passenger cruise ship S.S. Royale recently entered the Sparrows Point shipyard of
Bethlehem Steel for hull repairs.
The Italian-built, Panamanian- flag ship was drydocked recently for hull renovations. Owned by Premier
Cruise Lines, Ltd., Cape Canaveral,
Fla., the ship operates out of Port
Canaveral carrying passengers to
Nassau in the Bahamas.
Premier plans to sell the Royale.
The ship will be renamed the S.S.
Seabreeze I and its cruise operations will be marketed by Dolphin Cruises of Miami.
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Peterson Builders, Inc. (PBI),
Sturgeon Bay, Wis., recently re- ceived a contract valued at more than $185 million to build three 224- foot wooden-hulled Mine Counter- measure ships (MCMs) for the U.S.
The contract is the largest single award ever received by PBI and is the continuation of the Avenger
Class MCM construction program currently under way at the yard.
Peterson Builders, which is the lead shipbuilder for the class, expects to complete the delivery of the three new MCMs by late 1992. The con- tract also contains a provision for the exercise of up to three addition- al hulls during the next fiscal year.
The award of these vessel pro- vides PBI with a solid backlog of shipbuilding work which includes four other MCMS in various stages of construction. MCM-3 and MCM- 5 are ready for trials and will be delivered to the Navy shortly.
MCM-6 and MCM-8 are scheduled for delivery in 1990. The newly awarded vessels are to be christened the USS Pioneer (MCM-9), USS
Warrior (MCM-10) and USS Gla- diator (MCM-11).
Other U.S. Navy work under way at the yard includes the completion of a series of 85 twenty-four-foot
Harbor Security Boats and the con- struction of two MK II 50-foot Dive
Boats and Diving System Modules.
The 85 harbor boats, built under a contract with options worth about $4.5 million, will be used by the
Navy to maintain security at har- bors and anchorages worldwide. The 22-knot vessels, each powered by a 165-hp output Volvo Penta outdrive engine, have a beam of 7 feet 7 inches, draft of 5 feet 2 inches and full load displacement of 8,400 pounds.
The 50-foot, steel-hulled MK II
Fjellstrand Wins Order
For Two High-Speed
Two 38.8-meter (about 127.3- foot) high-speed passenger catama- rans worth about NOK75-80 million (about $11-12 million), have been ordered from Fjellstrand of Norway by the Spanish shipping company
Cat Lines S.A. in Valencia.
This order marks a fresh market breakthrough for the Norwegian yard that will strengthen its posi- tion as the world's leading high- speed ferry specialist. Spain is the 15th country in the world to get delivery of a high-speed vessel from
In all, Fjellstrand has sold more than 50 high-speed vessels, and the value of this export is about NOK one billion. The two vessels for
Spain will be Nos. 26 and 27 of the successful 38.8 M version. This de-
Dive Boats, being constructed under a $2.45-million contract, will have a beam of 14 feet 9 inches, draft of 2 feet 9 inches, and full load displace- ment with a Diving System Module of 83,000 pounds.
The dive boats will be delivered to San Diego, Calif., and Norfolk,
Va., and be used to support the U.S.
Navy's diving and salvage opera- tions.
The new contract also contains options for an additional 16 MK II
Dive Boats and Diving System
Modules. These options when exer- cised, would bring the total contract value to $13.2 million.
In the commercial shipbuilding sector, PBI was recently awarded a contract to construct a 100-foot steel ferry for the Washington Is- land Ferry Lines located in Wiscon- sin. The construction of the vessel, which began earlier this year, is expected to be completed in June 1989.
To be named the Washington, the passenger/vehicle ferry is designed by Timothy Graul Marine Design of
Sturgeon Bay, Wis. Mr. Graul, a naval architect, will represent the owner as on-site contract represen- tative during the construction phase.
The Washington will be similar in construction to the Robert Noble, a 90-foot passenger/vehicle ferry built by PBI for Washington Island Ferry
Line in 1979.
The Washington Island Ferry
Lines offers regular transportation services to island residents and the tourist industry year round, operat- ing a fleet of passenger/vehicle fer- ries.
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The catamaran units are due for delivery to the owner in June and
September 1989. They will be put in year-round service between the Bal- earics—Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera—and the main- land.
The vessels will be equipped with
MTU main engines and KaMeWa waterjets, giving a speed of 40 knots.
Designed to carry 300 passengers, the catamarans will accommodate 216 of these on the main deck. Facil- ities will include sofa groups, video and a panorama saloon as well as a play area for children.
The upper deck includes a VIP lounge with its own bar and seating for 62 persons.
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