North Florida Shipyard Reactivates/Refurbishes RO/RO Trailer Vessel

Reactivation and refurbishment of the 700-foot-long by 92-foot-beam RO/RO trailer vessel S/S Northern Lights (Ex. S/S Puerto Rico) is being accomplished by North Florida Shipyard, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., at its Commodores Point Facility, after being laid up for approximately three years and following its recent acquisition by Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Inc. (TOTE).

Work on the vessel includes blasting and coating of the entire exterior from top of mast to water line; extensive interior steel surface preparation and preservation; extensive hull/structural steel repairs, including deck plating renewals, shell plate repairs and loading ramp modifications; complete retubing and reconditioning of port and starboard boilers; complete removal of all interior insulation, refractories and renewal of same in port and starboard boilers; refurbishment of all pumps and electric motors; refurbishment of all deck machinery; extensive ballast system piping modifications; reconditioning/ renewal of main propulsion and generator turbines; and renewal of a major portion of engine room insulation.

The work, which was to take approximately three and one-half months, is scheduled to be completed this month. The vessel will then be towed to Mobile, Ala., for drydocking and accomplishment of underwater work, which will be done in approximately three to four weeks.

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