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Ship Repair & Conversion
Norshipco, MSC And Maersk
Celebrate Renaming Of MV
Lt. Col John U.D. Page
Newark Bay, owned and operated by
Maersk Line Ltd, for Military Sealift
Command (MSC), was renamed MV Lt.
Col. John U.D. Page during a ceremony at NORSHIPCO on February 21, 2001.
Brad Sauer, president of Maersk
Line, Ltd., served as the master of cere- monies for the event. John F. Reinhart,
CEO Maersk Line; and Alexander J.
Krekich, president of NORSHIPCO and COO of USMR, will make welcom- ing remarks.
The 950-ft. (289.5 m), civilian-crewed ship has been at NORSHIPCO since
October undergoing a conversion from a commercial containership to a self-sus- taining ammunition containership, capa- ble of carrying 2,500 20-ft. containers.
The main work package includes the installation of four new MacGregor
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Circle 228 on Reader Service Card www.maritimetoday.com cranes, designed to ease loading and off- loading pier side and in-stream; the modification of container cell guides from 40 ft. to 20 ft., stacked from the tank top to the deck head; installation of a cargo hold cooling water spray system and cargo hold environmental control system; modifications to hatch covers, including the fitting of sockets and installation of hatch skirt landing pads; wheel shafting; and rudder and sea valve repairs. Old paint is being removed and the ship will be painted while in dry- dock.
The ship is named in honor of Army war hero, Lt. Col. John U.D. Page, who was awarded the Medal of Honor for heroic actions from November 29 to
December 10, 1950 near Chosin Reser- voir, Korea. Page's mission was to establish traffic control on the main sup- ply route to the Chosin Reservoir
Plateau. Rather than leaving after com- pleting the mission, he voluntarily stayed to help an isolated signal station cut off from the Marine division.
Upon its delivery, Page will join a fleet of more than 35 Afloat Prepositioning ships under MSC's operational control - operating from the Diego Garcia area in the Indian Ocean.
NORSHIPCO is also scheduled to convert the Page's sister ship, M/V Sgt.
Edward A. Carter, Jr., and is planning to deliver the vessel to MSC in June 2001.
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Celebrity Cruises To Dry Dock
Millennium For Two Weeks
Celebrity Cruises will place its ship
Millennium in dry dock for two weeks to repair an electric motor that operates one of the ship's two propulsion units.
The dry dock will necessitate the can- cellation of two one-week Caribbean cruises, scheduled to depart Fort Laud- erdale on April 1 and 8. "Although the under-performing motor has no impact on our guests' safe- ty or comfort, it has reduced Millenni- um's maximum cruising speed of 24 knots, to 20.5 knots, and has the poten- tial to affect arrival times in certain ports of call. We want to regain that power as soon as possible and the only way to accomplish this is to undertake this repair," said Rick Sasso, president of
Celebrity Cruises. The electric motor in question is housed within one of the ship's two propulsion pods.
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