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Meyer Werft Completes KLTT
In September 1999, Meyer Werft was granted a contract by KLTT to convert a container vessel into a livestock carrier - one of the Papenburg-based shipyard's specialties. As the 27th livestock carrier conversion performed by the yard, the original vessel, which was acquired by
KLTT, was the 18,145-gt containership
Merkur Island. Built by Bremer Vulkan in 1986 for worldwide operation, it took approximately nine months to complete the conversion on the 591 x 87 ft. (179.8 x 26.5 m) vessel.
Capable of transporting 88,000 sheep or 84,000 sheep and 600 cattle, the car- rier was docked at Neptun Reparaturw- erft with conversion performed in Fis- chereihafen Rostock. The outfit and equipment was supplied by various spe- cialist firms, and the complete steelwork was fabricated by Neptun Stahlbau
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Length ..591 ft. (179.8 m)
Breadth ... .87 ft. (26.5 m)
Capacity88,000 sheep or 84,000 sheep and 600 cattle
Number of decks 17
Engine overhaul Turbotechnik
Fodder plant Farwick
Main switchboard SER
Painting, tank coating Miihlhan
Sheep ramps, aluminum gates . Freericks
Electrical installations Stolze
Deck coverings Bolidt
AMHS Ferry Visits
Bellingham Bay Shipyard
Approximately $7.4 million worth of work was performed on the 235 ft. (71.6 m), 250-passenger Alaska Marine High- way (AMHS) ferry Leconte by Belling- ham Bay Shipyard (BBS). Taking about six months to complete, the work con- sisted of SOLAS upgrades and a repow- ering. BBS was responsible for the repowering, which included the imple- mentation of a pair of new low-NOx, 2,500-hp EMD diesels supplied by Val- ley Detroit Diesel, plus two gensets from NC Power Systems that were com- prised of CAT 3412 diesels driving 435 kW generators. Concurrently, a new switchboard from Harris Electric was installed by Sound Service Marine, who also implemented a new PA/telephone system from Hose-McCann that was integrated into the general alarm system.
Major maintenance work was per- formed on Leconte's tail shafts, port intermediate shaft and rudders, with machining completed by Machinists,
Inc. A drive train alignment check and vibration analysis were subsequently accomplished by Diehl Engineering.
Regarding SOLAS upgrades, new structural fire protection and a new ven- tilation system with ducting fabricated and installed by Ershings were imple- mented.
Working further to meet SOLAS requirements, BBS installed new Schat-
Harding davits for the Ambar fast rescue boat, along with means of rescue (MOR) platform. BBS also blasted and repainted the vessel, from its keel to upper deck prior to is return service to
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