Dry Dock Association Formed As Ship Repair Revives In N ew York

Ship repair activity in New York is reviving and this has led to the formation of the New York and New Jersey Dry Dock Association, an organization that represents eight drydock operators and has some 50 associated members who are subcontractors or marine equipment suppliers.

According to Michael Gallagher, the president of the newly formed New York and New Jersey Dry Dock Association, repair costs have become competitive with Europe and many other areas of the world. Mr. Gallagher noted that New York ship repair costs have been static for eight years while repair costs in many traditional ship repair centers have soared as yards around the world have become busier. He added that our labor costs are now lower than in Germany or Japan and we have shown we can deliver.

Members of the newly formed New York and New Jersey Dry Dock7 Association operate facilities able to handle vessels of up to 1,200 feet overall, 150-foot beam and 38-foot draft in three graving and five floating docks.

Mr. Gallagher said, "We might not be able to handle VLCCs but we can certainly take the QE2 or the largest containerships afloat." Much of the work of the New York repairers arises from merchant shipping calling at port or the large local tug and barge fleet, but the association is lobbying to win naval work.

The borough of Staten Island in New York City has been designated as a home port for five frigates and four guided missile destroyers.

The home port vessels could generate repair work of $50 million a year, Mr. Gallagher said, and vessels should be repaired in New York where possible rather than sent to the naval yards of Philadelphia, Norfolk or Hampton Roads.

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