Maryland Yard Wins Major Steel Tunnel Fabrication Job

Bethlehem Steel Corporation's Maryland yard, Bethship-Sparrows Point, has signed a letter of intent with Morrison Knudsen to build the tunnel sections for the new thirdtunnel to be installed under Boston Harbor. The job will require 35 million pounds of steel.

The subcontract, valued at over $60 million, was solicited from a large number of both steel fabrication companies and shipyards. However, the competitors in the final round of negotiations were all shipyards, since they proved to be the most competitive producers. This provides a real-world contradiction of a recent public pronouncement of Crowley Marine company that shipyards are not cost-effective compared to steel fabrication firms.

The Maryland yard built the tunnel sections for the Chesapeake Bay tunnel during the mid-1980s as a subcontractor to Morrison Knudsen.

The Boston tunnel section project will employ several hundred Bethship-Sparrows Point workers during most of 1992. The combination of steel fabrication, plus the outfit-intensive work involved in the shipyard's ongoing ship repair and overhaul business next year, will provide a substantial and balanced work force unit.

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