Galveston Ship Consolidates Yard, Will Sell 35 Acres

In a move to streamline its operations and release a portion of its shipyard property for sale, Galveston Shipbuilding will consolidate its services to a northeast 10-acre section of its 45-acre site in Galveston, Texas, according to owner Harry J.

Fiegel Jr.

"We just had more space than necessary for the type of work we do," said Mr Fiegel. Twenty of the 35 acres released for sale are where new barge construction was done during a period when the yard designed and built double-skin and integrated tug-barge units of up to 55,000 deadweight tons. The remaining acreage supports the shipyard facility by providing parking, r a i l access, and additional waterfrontage.

According to Mr. Fiegel, the tracts for sale include an operational shipyard with deepwater frontage, a railroad spur, a turning basin channeled to Intracoastal Waterway Mile 355, buildings, equipment, launching way, and a 1,000-ton Syncrolift drydock.

Mr. Fiegel said that Galveston Shipbuilding is adapting to new demands being placed on the shipping industry. The yard concentrates on custom modifications, repair and maintenance.

Galveston Shipbuilding's remaining facilities at the consolidated site include 550- by 105-foot and 350- by 60-foot graving docks, deepwater channel and turning basin, three building ways, fabrication shop, and warehouse. The yard has fournozzle- capacity blasting equipment for both interior and exterior sandblasting and painting, and a specialized closed-vent system for barge cleaning.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 15,  Nov 1991

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