Ship Repair 280-12 propulsion engines rated at 3,700 bkw at 1,000 rev/min to operate the variable speed dredge generators. According to the USACE, “on a good operating day, the Wheeler can remove 100,000 cubic yards of material” from a project site.
BAE to keep ships modern in Hawaii Building on its more than two-decade relationship with BAE Systems, the U.S. Navy’s
Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded BAE a multi-ship, multi-option (MSMO) contract to repair, maintain, and modernize nine destroyers and cruisers in Pearl Harbor, HI. The five-year contract, which marks the continuation of a BAE’s work in the region under a previous seven-year contract, will involve work on the USS Chafee, USS John Paul Jones, USS Chung-Hoon, USS Hopper, USS Michael Murphy, USS O’Kane, USS Halsey, USS Milius and the USS Preble. Over
the last 20 years, BAE has completed more than 300 cruiser and destroyer projects. “This award speaks volumes about the dedication and commitment of our highly skilled workforce, as well as our island suppliers and small businesses,” says Bill Clifford, President, Ship Repair at BAE Systems. BAE Systems Ship Repair-Hawaii is located on 2.5 acres of land, features three piers totalling 3,000 ft of waterfront, access to the Navy’s 100,000- ton graving dock and crane capacity of 150 tons.
Derecktor maintains upward direction Derecktor Shipyards continues to thrive in the yacht market. The boat builder’s yards in both Florida and New York have kept busy with a number of projects. Derecktor’s Dania Beach, FL, yard recently completed the repowering of the 137 ft motor yacht Hilarium. The vessel had its original MTU 12V396 engines replaced with MTU 16V2000 engines. The repowering required a 7 x 7 ft hole to be cut out on the yacht starboard side to bring in the new engines as well as engine bed modifications. Earlier this spring, the yard bid adieu to the 1986-built Highlander. The motor yacht, an icon within the yacht market, came to the yard in 2013 for a refurbishment that included the vessel’s lengthening from 150 ft to 164 ft, in addition to major mechanical upgrades, full new paint job and an interior renovation. “The project has been a great collaboration between the owners, their design team and the shipyard,” said the yard’s project manager, Jack Schneider. “It is very rewarding to see an older vessel of historical significance restored to her former glory.” Derecktor worked with the vessels owners to melt “the original Bannenburg lines with more contemporary features,” giving the classic vessel a modern facelift. Derecktor is also creating some buzz on the newbuild front. Most notably, Derecktor’s Robert E. Derecktor Shipyard in Mamaroneck, NY, is building an Incat Crowther-designed classroom research vessel for Norwalk, CT-based The Maritime Aquarium. The 65-ft R/V Spirit of the Sound will double the current vessel’s total capacity to 65 passengers. The all-aluminum craft will be fitted with a hybrid electric propulsion system that is expected to reduce diesel fuel consumption by 75 percent and will enable the vessel to operate on a nearly silent setting. The vessel will also feature climatecontrolled indoor and outdoor research space. Spirit of the Sound is expected to make its debut this Summer. ■ 28 MARINE LOG May 2014