Southwest Marine Reports Upturn In Ship Repair And Conversion Business

The Southwest Marine Group, with facilities in San Diego (its headquarters), San Pedro (Los Angeles), San Francisco, Portland (Northwest Marine) and Samoa, reports that the Group is experiencing an upturn in commercial ship repair and conversion business.

One of the most important projects is the $75 million refit of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's Viking Serenade, which is being undertaken at the San Diego facility with some prefabrication work being done in the Portland facility. This contract is scheduled for completion this month.

In Portland, Northwest Marine (now a division of Southwest Marine) carried out a capacity reduction on the U.S. tanker Keystone Canyon which involved the removal of a 50-foot midbody section, reducing the deadweight to around 125,000 tons. Also being handled in Portland is a major refurbishment of the Alaska State ferry Tustemina.

A major upgrading of the Sea- Land Hawaii has been completed.

The conversion of two Matson Navigation vessels from RO/RO to combination container vessels was also undertaken in San Francisco.

San Pedro undertook drydockings of two fruit carrying vessels, and the Group has also handled a number of cruise vessels and tanker drydockings.

The Group, which historically has been involved in the U.S. domestic market, is now also generating international business through an upgraded network of overseas agents.

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