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Washburn & Doughty: Developing New Process To Meet Changing Needs

Washburn & Doughty Shipyard of

East Boothbay, Maine is preparing to launch Tracy Moran, the fourth in a series of six Z-Drive Tugs under con- struction for the Moran Towing Corpo- ration of Greenwich, Conn. Tracy

Moran will join its sisterships in Nor- folk, Va. where they are contracted by the Military Sealift Command for sub- marine and ship assist work.

Measuring 92 x 32 x 13.8 ft. (28 x 9.7 x 4.2 m) and built to ABS Maltese Cross

Al, AMS, Towing Service standards,

Tracy Moran is powered by two 2,000 hp EMD 16-645-EZ main engines dri- ving Ulstein Z Drives. Service speed for

Tracy Moran is planned for 13 knots and the vessel has a 32,000 gallon fuel oil capacity. Washburn & Doughty's vice- president and naval architect, Bruce

Washburn, designed Tracy Moran. The

Moran tugs are built to Washburn's sec- ond Z-Drive Tug design. Cape Fear

Towing's Fort Bragg, Washburn's first Z-

Drive Tug design, provided the founda- tion for the design of the Moran tugs.

Tracy Moran blends traditional tug- boat lines with today's more modern characteristics. The vessel features a wheelhouse with 360-degree hi-lo visi- bility and overhead windows. Inside, the captain's chair is centrally located among the vessels controls, electronics and communication systems.

The Moran contract is the largest multi-vessel contract ever awarded to

Washburn & Doughty. In taking on the

Moran contract, Washburn & Doughty had to decide how to make its small yard reach production levels on par with the country's larger yards. According to company president Bruce Doughty, much of the yard's success in maximiz- ing production stems from the fact that the design was done in-house using

AutoCAD. "By using CAD we can make adjust- ments during both the planning phase and construction phase," said Doughty. "In addition, it allows us to communi- cate information effectively with ven- dors and sub-contractors via e-mail."

In order to meet Moran's schedule,

Washburn & Doughty had to develop new planning schedules for both produc- tion and manning. "If we had decided to build all six vessels from the keel up. we would have been in big trouble," said

Doughty. "We definitely took a more modular approach to construction during this project."

As an example of this more modular approach. Doughty pointed out some of the wheelhouses were constructed and outfitted far from their respective ves- sels.

In keeping with the modular theme,

Washburn & Doughty contracted out fabrication of some of the bulkier vessel

March, 2000 pieces. "Sub-contracting out some strategic vessel parts, like the engine beds, provided enormous benefits for the yard," said Doughty. "By sub-con- tracting out the engine beds, we were able to lay the keel and the engine beds immediately after the launch of the pre- vious boat. This allowed us to put more people to work sooner. It also kept floor space free for the projects that needed to be completed at the yard."

Another key component to the Moran project has been the development of a larger and more efficient workforce.

Washburn & Doughty increased their production crew significantly during the project and promoted a number of senior production employees to leadership positions. Tracy Moran is scheduled for launch this month. Construction of the last two tugs and a 186 ft. (56.6 m) Din- ner/Casino Boat is simultaneously underway.

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