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MSC Ships Call Upon NNS

The Military Sealift Command (MSC) ships M/V PFC. Dewayne T. Williams and M/V SGT. William R. Button are scheduled for repair work at Newport

News Shipbuilding. The third and fourth installment of a four ship con- tract, Williams will be at the Shipyard from February 12 - March 7, 2001 and

Button is scheduled to be at NNS April 16 - May 8, 2001. The vessels, which measure 673 x 105 ft. (205.1 x 32 m) each will undergo hull blasting and painting, tank blasting, resurfacing of the helo deck, disassembling and over- hauling both main engine exhaust sys- tems and performing all of the normal regulatory body inspections.

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Class Is In' On Cape Bon

A MarAd general agent, Interocean

Ugland Management Corp., Vorhees,

N.J., awarded a $24.4 million contract to

Bender Shipbuilding and Repair this past December. The contract specifies

Bender to convert the National Defense

Reserve Fleet (NDRF) vessel Cape Bon into a schoolship for the Massachusetts

Maritime Academy (MMA). Under the contract, Bender will implement living quarters and lifesaving equipment for 600 cadets, officers, faculty and crew; expand galley and stores arrangements; and provide extra electric generating requirements in an auxiliary machinery room uniquely designed for diesel train- ing. The vessel, which will be renamed

Enterprise in honor of the MMA's first training ship, departed the Academy campus on December 29. Conversion began in January and is expected to last approximately one year. Cape Bon is a general cargo ship, which was originally constructed for the Lykes Bros.

Steamship Company by Avondale Ship-

Flender Werft Launches

Floating Drydock

Flender Werft christened it new float- ing drydock with a nominal lifting capacity for ships up to 20,000 tons dwt (max. 23,000 dwt). The company said that the unit will replace the ship- yard's largest dock (16,000 tons), which is reportedly being sought by a buyer in Dunkerque, France. This expansion of the yard's drydocking facilities allows it to partake in the new trend in Baltic shipping, which is leaning toward larger ships.

March, 2001 yards in 1967. The conversion will transform it from a conventional general cargo ship into a fully-equipped training ship for 600 passengers.

The cargo ship is currently configured with six holds to carry various breakbulk and cargoes. Hold number four will be converted into quarters and auxiliary machinery for services such as potable water and air conditioning. Hold number five will have new refrigerated and dry storage storerooms and workshops installed, and two cargo oil deep tanks will be converted for potable water stor- age.

Hold number six will be changed into a laboratory and classroom area.

Although the ship's existing steam propulsion plant will remain, an auxil- iary machinery space will be created in the number four cargo hold, centered around a new Wartsila 8L20 medium speed, heavy fuel diesel generator. This space will be equipped and arranged to simulate a modern diesel propulsion plant.

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