BAE Systems welcomes new dry dock to San Diego


The following is a news release from BAE Systems:

(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) — BAE Systems on Thursday received a new 950-foot-long, 55,000-lifting-ton floating dry dock at its San Diego shipyard. The dry dock is part of the company’s $100 million investment in the yard to service the anticipated increase of U.S. Navy ships on the West Coast.

“We have made the strategic investment to meet the ship repair needs of the Navy,” said Joe Campbell, vice president and general manager of BAE Systems Ship Repair. “With two large dry docks now in our shipyard, we’ll enhance the San Diego industrial base’s ability to repair warships in their home port, providing the key maintenance and modernization work needed for the ships’ continued service to our nation and the stability for the ships’ crews.”

The new floating dry dock arrived at the company’s shipyard towed by the oceangoing and salvage tug Posh Terasea Eagle. Over the next two months, the BAE Systems team will complete final assembly, installation, testing, and certification of the dry dock, which will be operational in early 2017. The first ship to be serviced in the dry dock will be the amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18).

New dry dock facts and figures

• Dock dimensions: 950 feet long, 205 feet wide (overall)
• Lift capacity: 55,000-long-ton ship weight (capable of accommodating amphibious assault ships, auxiliary ships, cruisers, destroyers, littoral combat ships, transport dock and dock landing ships, and select commercial vessels)
• Power: All electric
• Environmental features: LED lighting throughout the structure
• Non-toxic underwater hull and ballast tank coating (paint)
• Stormwater recovery systems
• Closed-loop saltwater fire protection and cooling systems
• Air-cooled emergency backup generators

BAE Systems is a leading provider of ship repair, maintenance, modernization, conversion, and overhaul services for the Navy, other government agencies, and select commercial customers. The company operates seven full-service shipyards in Alabama, California, Florida, Hawaii, and Virginia, and offers a highly skilled, experienced work force, nine dry docks, and significant pier space and ship support services.

By Professional Mariner Staff