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Vigor’s investments paying off Compiled by Marine Log Staff


Ship repairer to add largest dry dock in U.S. in 2014

y this time next year, Vigor’s Swan Island Shipyard in Portland, OR, will be home to the largest dry dock in the U.S. The 80,000 long ton, 960 ft long dry dock is under construction in China and is due to be delivered in March 2014. The dry dock will be towed in three pieces to Portland for assembly. The $40 million dry dock will provide Vigor with a critical new tool in its repair toolbox, providing it with the ability to service the next generation of Military Sealift Command dry cargo/ammunition ships, post-Panamax cargo ships and cruise liners, and Arctic oil and gas exploration vessels. According to Vigor’s Rene Doiron, Vice President, Ship Repair, the new dry dock’s first job will likely be to prepare one of Portland’s other large dry docks for use to Seattle to improve the company’s repair capacity at that yard. Besides Portland, OR, Vigor has facilities in Ketchikan, AK, and Seattle, Tacoma, Everett, Bremerton, Port Angeles, WA, with about 2,000 employees. Back in 2012, Vigor opened a $31 million assembly hall and production at Ketchikan Shipyard at Alaska Ship & Drydock. Mannion says major improvements are continuing at the facility in partnership with the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. “Less than a year ago, the yard opened a brand new, 70,000 squarefoot ship assembly hall, and a new $10 million steel fabrication shop is currently in the works”, says Doiron. “Both of these projects provide fully outfitted, climate controlled indoor work space to increase productivity in the Ketchikan yard.” 22 MARINE LOG August 2013

The investments in its facilities have already paid dividends to Vigor, which recently handled a range of repair, refit and modernization projects for offshore energy customers for the Arctic. Some of the significant energy-related projects over the past year: • Fennica: The 381-foot Fennica departed Vigor’s Everett yard for Dutch Harbor Alaska in early July after Vigor installed sonar surveying equipment on the vessel’s aft deck and repaired a damaged helideck. The Fennica, a Finnish icebreaker and platform supply vessel, is the primary ice management vessel in support of the Shell’s Noble Discoverer drilling rig. • endeavor: Last summer, the 181-foot Endeavor owned by Cook Island Spill Prevention and Response (CISPRI) underwent extensive updates at Vigor’s Seattle yard, including the installation of 55 tons of steel, new cargo fuel and water lines, HPU piping, and new software for lofting services. • Perseverance: CISPRI’s Perseverance, a 207-foot spill response vessel, arrived at Seattle’s Harbor Island facility on May 6. While in dry dock, Vigor installed new port and starboard shafts and propellers, conducted extensive steel repairs in four ballast tanks, renewing over 15 tons of steel in just five weeks, applied tank coatings in seven tanks, and ensured hull preservation with the application of abrasion resistant coating. The Perseverance was scheduled to depart late last month, where it will return to service in Cook Inlet. • arctic challenger: The Arctic Challenger is a 300-foot oil spill response barge designed to support Shell’s arctic drilling operations. Vigor’s Portland facility prepared the barge for Superior

August 2013 Marine Log Magazine  
August 2013 Marine Log Magazine