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U.S. SHIPBUILDING (continued) ing & Repair, Savannah, Ga., and
HBC Barge of Brownsville, Pa.
Trinity has just recently signed a letter of intent to purchase the former Bethlehem-Beaumont ship- yard in Texas. The Trinity Marine
Group has an impressive orderbook, with vessels ranging in size from a 33-foot tugboat for the Panama Ca- nal Commission to a 224-foot ocean surveillance ship for the U.S. Navy.
Among the notable deliveries were: the 183-foot dinner boat Cali- fornia Hornblower for Hornblower
Dining Yachts of California, from
Moss Point Marine; the 232-passen- ger, high-speed ferry Caribe Tide, built by Equitable Shipyards; and the 224-foot T-AGOS USNS Ad- venturous, from Halter Marine.
The Halter Marine yard was also awarded a $20.9-million contract to build a 263-foot oceanographic re- search vessel for the U.S. Navy. The
A-GOR-23 will be operated by the
University of Washington.
SeaArk Marine, Inc., formerly
MonArk Boat Co., Little Rock, Ark., has recently delivered the first five high-speed patrols boats to the El
Salvadorian Navy. The work is be- ing performed under a $3.7-million, ten-vessel contract.
Robert E. Derecktor Ship- yards of Rhode Island is pre- sently constructing five large harbor tugboats for the U.S. Army. The contract contains options for a total of ten vessels, which, if exercised, would bring its value to $36 mil- lion.
Textron Marine Systems,
New Orleans, La., was awarded a $225-million contract by the Navy to build a series of 12 LCAC (Land- ing Craft, Air Cushion vehicles).
The contract options could bring the value of the award up to be- tween $400 million and $500 mil- lion. TMS has delivered 14 LCACs to the Navy and is currently build- ing 10 others.
Gulf Craft of Patterson, La., de- livered the 155-foot crewboat Aaron
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McCall to McCall Enterprises of
Cameron, La. The unique feature of the crewboat is her six Cummins propulsion engines.
Boatbuilder Munson Manufac- turing of Edmonds, Wash., deliv- ered the multipurpose fireboat
Phoenix III to the San Francisco
International Airport authorities. In addition, The Washington yard de- livered the high-speed passenger boat Yukon Queen to Holland
America Lines-Westours for opera- tion in Alaska.
Fishing Vessel Construction
Last year saw the revival of the
U.S. tuna shipbuilding industry, with several yards winning major newbuilding and conversion con- tracts in the fishing vessel construc- tion market.
As of late 1988, Bender Ship- building & Repair, Mobile, Ala., had a fishing vessel order book worth in excess of $90 million into 1990. Recent deliveries from the Al- abama yard include the newly built 155-foot Arctic IV for Arctic Fisher- ies and the converted 184-foot fac- tory trawler Unimak Enterprise to owners Unimak Enterprise. Both companies are units of the Arctic
Alaska Fishing Corp. of Seattle.
MARCO-Seattle recently signed a contract to build two 135- foot steel freezer longliners for Alas- ka Frontier Co. of Seattle, Wash.
The vessels are expected to be deliv- ered in August and October 1989, respectively.
The Seattle yard also completed the lengthening and refit of the 160- foot longliner/crabber Westward
Wind, as well as major conversion contracts on the Alaskan Command and the Resolute.
Another U.S. yard fairing well in the fishing vessel sector is Camp- bell Shipyard, San Diego, Calif.
The yard has introduced a new design for tuna purse seiners—the 257-foot, 1,500-ton-capacity Super
Pacific Class—which has met great success. The yard has seven Super
Pacific Class seiners on its order- book, some valued at as much as $12 million. Even more impressive about Campbell's showing is that six of the seven vessels are for export— four for South Korean owners and two for French.
The first Super Pacific Class tuna purse seiner, the Margaret Z, was recently launched for her U.S. own- ers, Margaret Z Fishing Co. of
Also Jacksonville, Fla.-based At- lantic Marine recently signed a contract with Chalice Trawlers Cor- poration to build a 123-foot longlin- er processor, the Aleutian Chalice.
She is expected to be delivered this
September. Atlantic Marine also announced it will be leasing the
ADDSCO Industries repair facility in Mobile, Ala. The firm plans to recondition the facility and seek both Navy and commercial work.
The ship-repair sector continues to be an ongoing source of work for
U.S. yards. Portland Ship Re- pair Yard (PSRY) of Portland,
Ore., reported that during 1988 the yard and its three main contractors,
Cascade General, Inc., North- west Marine Iron Works, and
West State, Inc., did $140 million worth of business.
PSRY reported that 70 percent of its work lies in the tanker sector, 5 to 10 percent in the cruise ship sec- tor, and 25 percent in the military sector.
West State recently overhauled the tanker Exxon Long Beach under a $5.5-million contract.
Northwest Marine Iron Works, which was recently purchased by
Southwest Marine, Inc., re- ported that it repaired almost 200 vessels during a recent 12-month period. One of its latest projects was the $15-million overhaul of the as- sault ship USS Okinawa (LPH-3).
Cascade General recently com- pleted the overhaul of the Polar
Star, one of two large icebreakers operated by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Southwest Marine's San Diego fa- cility recently undertook the dual drydocking of two U.S. Navy fri- gates, the USS McClusky and USS
Thach. The feat was accomplished in the facility's huge 655-foot float- ing drydock. The destroyer USS
O'Brien (DD-975) is currently being overhauled at the San Diego facility under a $19.6-million contract.
Southwest Marine also operates shipyards in San Pedro, San Fran- cisco and American Samoa.
Todd Pacific Shipyards, San
Pedro Division recently com- pleted general repair and propeller shaft work on the S.S. Majestic (ex-
Sun Princess). The 8,885-nrt vessel was lifted on the Todd facility's 655- foot Syncrolift, which is certified to hoist a ship with a light displace- ment of 15,000 long tons. It was the heaviest passenger vessel ever lifted on the San Pedro's Syncrolift. Most recently, Todd Pacific's Seattle
Division was awarded a $26.7-mil- lion Navy award for the New Threat
Upgrade of the destroyer USS
On the East Coast, Norfolk
Shipbuilding & Repair Co. (NORSHIPCO), Norfolk, Va., had a successful year in the ship-repair sector. Besides a great deal of Navy and Military Sealift Command re- pair work, NORSHIPCO drydocked and repaired over a dozen large cruise vessels, including the 18,953- ton Carnivale and 12,795-ton Amer- ikanis.
Also in the cruise sector, New
York Shipyard Corporation re- cently completed the drydocking of the 925-passenger Dawn Princess (ex-Sitmar Fairwind). The shaft re- pairs and exterior work were per- formed at the firm's Brooklyn, N.Y., facility, located on the former site of
Steel-Sparrows Point shipyard recently completed hull repairs on the Premier Cruise Line vessel the
S.S. Royale. Premier plans to sell the vessel to Dolphin Cruises of
Norfolk, Va.-based Colonna's
Shipyard, a family-owned, full- service facility, completed a sub- stantial amount of Navy repair work during 1988. The yard was recently awarded a $3.05-million contract for the DSRA of the frigate USS Don- ald B. Beary (FF-1085). •
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