Shipbuilding News, November 2013

Eastern Shipbuilding delivers HOS Red Rock to Hornbeck Offshore Services

On Oct. 10, Eastern Shipbuilding Group of Panama City, Fla., delivered HOS Red Rock, the second of four vessels designated as the HOSMax 300 series offshore supply vessels (OSVs). The vessel was launched in April. HOS Red Rock joins the first of the series, HOS Red Dawn, delivered in June. Delivery of Hornbeck’s third vessel, HOS Renaissance is scheduled for delivery in November.

The HOSMax 300 series of OSVs are all diesel/electric powered, twin z-drive propelled and measure 292 feet by 66 feet by 24.5 feet. They are powered by four Caterpillar 351C, 16-cylinder, turbo-charged Tier III diesel generator engines each rated at 1,825 kW at 1,800 rpm. Main propulsion power is provided by two GE furnished Hyundai, 2,500-kW, 690-volt AC electric motors driving two Schottel SRP 2020 FP z-drives.

The vessels in the series all have a drill water/ballast capacity of 562,822 gallons, a liquid mud capacity of 20,846 bbls, dry mud capacity of 14,347 cubic feet, methanol capacity of 1,605 bbls and a clear deck area of 10,585 square feet.

Also under contract, Eastern plans to build six OSVs designated as HOSMax 310, measuring 302 feet by 64 feet by 26 feet. All 10 vessels under contract are U.S. Coast Guard, ABS-classed, A1, Offshore Support Vessel and Ocean Service, Loadline, AMS, ACCU, Circle E, DPS-2, with additional ABS class notations UWILD, ENVIRO, FFV-1 and certified under SOLAS/IMO.


Irving Shipbuilding delivers sixth Hero class Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel to Canadian Coast Guard

The Honourable Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans announced on Nov. 1 the acceptance of the sixth of the Canadian Coast Guard’s new Hero class vessels, CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V.

The CCGS Corporal McLaren M.M.V. is a Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel that will be based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It was built in Halifax by Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

The Hero class vessels are 142 feet in length with a displacement of 283 tons and a top speed of 25 knots. The Hero class vessels are named for decorated soldiers, veterans and police officers as well as employees of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and the Canadian Coast Guard.

This vessel is named after Corporal Mark Robert McLaren M.M.V. of Peterborough, Ontario. On Dec. 5, 2008, McLaren was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, during an ambush of his Canadian-Afghan patrol. During the ambush, McLaren managed to crawl through enemy fire to aid his team’s seriously injured interpreter. He was awarded the Medal of Military Valour for his heroic actions.


General Dynamics Bath Iron Works launches the Navy's first Zumwalt-class destroyer in Maine

USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000), the lead ship of the Navy's newest destroyer class, designed for littoral operations and land attack, was launched on Oct. 30 as part of a two-phase construction process.

The ship began its translation from Bath Iron Works’ land-level construction facility to a floating dry dock, which was flooded and the ship was removed from its specially designed cradle. Then it was floated out and moored alongside a Kennebec River pier.

“This is the largest ship Bath Iron Works has ever constructed and the Navy's largest destroyer. The launch was unprecedented in both its size and complexity,” said Capt. Jim Downey, the Zumwalt-class program manager for the Navy’s Program Executive Office, Ships. “Due to meticulous planning and execution, the operation went very smoothly. I'm extremely pleased with the results and applaud the combined efforts of the Navy-industry team.”

Construction began on DDG 1000 in February 2009, and the Navy and its industry partners have worked to mature the ship’s design and ready their industrial facilities to build this advanced surface combatant. Zumwalt is more than 87 percent complete, and the shipbuilder will continue remaining construction work on the hull prior to planned delivery late next year.

Bath Iron Works will deliver the ship to the Navy in late 2014. Upon delivery, the Navy will conduct combat systems activation, tests and trials, to include multiple underway periods. The ship is expected to reach its initial operating capability in 2016.


Navy’s newest submarine christened at Electric Boat

General Dynamics Electric Boat, a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics, christened North Dakota (SSN-784), the U.S. Navy’s newest and most advanced nuclear-attack submarine, at its Groton, Conn., shipyard on Nov. 2. Katie Fowler, wife of retired Vice Adm. Jeff Fowler, is the ship’s sponsor.

The submarine North Dakota is the 11th ship of the Virginia class, the first U.S. Navy combatants designed for the post-Cold War era. Unobtrusive, non-provocative and connected with land, air, sea and space-based assets, North Dakota and the other Virginia-class submarines are equipped to wage multi-dimensional warfare around the globe, providing the Navy with continued dominance in coastal waters or the open ocean. Electric Boat and its construction partner, Newport News Shipbuilding, have delivered 10 Virginia-class submarines to the Navy, and have contracts for eight additional ships.


Iliuliuk Bay delivered to Harley Marine Services

Vigor Fab, of Portland, Ore., delivered Harley Marine Services’ newest vessel, the 250-foot Iliuliuk Bay on Nov. 1. The new barge entered service in Dutch Harbor on Nov 3.

The purpose-built vessel will enhance quality of service provided to customers living and working in Alaska. Its unique design provides a flexible platform that can easily switch between containers and other cargo to serve the diverse needs of Harley Marine’s customers. The barge will transport a wide variety of cargo between Dutch Harbor and neighboring islands.

Iliuliuk Bay is the 18th hull fabricated in our Portland yard,” said Bryan Nichols, Vigor sales manager. “It is the latest in a series of new build and repair projects supporting Alaskan operations in offshore oil and gas, fishing and transportation services.”

The barge, designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle and built at Vigor’s Swan Island Shipyard in Portland, the vessel houses a Manitowoc 4100 Vicon Series crawler crane, D-rings to secure 40-foot ocean containers up to three high and eight lashing bars running fore and aft for other cargo such as heavy construction machinery or general equipment.


New tug for Bay-Houston Towing

Leevac Shipyards delivered in late October the first of two Z-Tech 2400 harbor tug boats, Chloe K, to Bay-Houston Towing Co.

Chloe K was constructed at Leevac Shipyard Jennings LLC and was transported, via one of Leevac's own dry docks, to Leevac Shipyard Lake Charles LLC facility where Chloe K received final outfitting, commissioning and testing.

The Robert Allan-designed Z-Tech 2400 harbor tug is 80 feet long, with a 38-foot beam, and a working draft of 16 feet. It is powered by two Caterpillar 3516C HD high power engines, delivering 2,575 hp each. The Caterpillar engines are mated to Model SRP-1215 Schottel drives, driving 94-inch stainless steel propellers. The vessel was designed and was able to produce 60 MT of bollard pull.

By Professional Mariner Staff