SPECIAL DELIVERY Vigor adds $20 million drydock from South Korea
h e C h i n e s e h e av y l i f t s h i p Zhen Hua 33 made a very special delivery last month from South Korea to Vigor Industrial in Seattle that should make the shipyard’s commercial and government customers very happy. That’s because the special delivery is the 640 ft long, 20,000long ton lift capacity drydock Evolution. Last year, Vigor purchased the drydock for $20 million to address a shortage of drydock capacity in the region. It is the third and largest drydock at Vigor’s Harbor Island facility in Seattle. The addition of the new drydock should help Vigor service vessels for Washington State Ferries, the U.S. Coast Guard, and Navy, as well as strengthen and expand its customer base. One of the customers that will benefit from the new drydock comes from the growing North Pacific commercial fishing market, Trident Seafoods. The company is among the largest seafood companies in the U.S. and operates a fleet of fishing vessels. “At Trident it’s important to our values and culture that we support our local communities. The new Vigor drydock in Seattle provides the extra capacity we need in the region,” said Trident Seafoods CEO Joe Bundrant. “It allows us to keep more of our ship repair work in Seattle and
Compiled by Marine Log Staff supports our maritime community and the jobs it provides.” A major repair and conversion project recently completed at Vigor’s Harbor Island facility in Seattle included a midlife extension and repower for R/V Thomas G. Thompson, the 274-foot research vessel
The new drydock allows us to keep more of our ship repair work in Seattle and supports our maritime community. operated by the University of Washington. The $45 million project was funded by the U.S. Navy’s Office of Naval Research and the National Science Foundation and included a complete overhaul of the propulsion, navigation and core engineering systems as well as improvements to lab space and science upgrades. The vessel was delivered to the University of Washington in December 2017.
This month, Vigor Seattle will perform a three-week drydocking on the Alaska Ocean for Glacier Fish Company. The docking includes preservation of underwater hull, freeboard and topside. Other work includes rudder removal and re-installation, propulsion shaft and propeller removal and inspection and sea valve overhauls. At its Portland facility, the complete re-power of the M/V Matanuska is underway. The 408-foot-long, steel-hulled, twin-screw, diesel-powered passenger and vehicle ferry is owned and operated by the State of Alaska. This $27 million project includes replacement of major shipboard systems including main propulsion engines, reduction gear, CPP and shafting, steering gear, main ship service switchboard, motor controls centers and machinery control, alarm and monitoring systems. Vessel redelivery is planned for the first quarter of 2019. The yard also recently performed a tandem docking of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Rainier and Oscar Elton Sette. Major work items included underwater hull and freeboard preservation, steel repairs and miscellaneous piping and machinery repairs. Vigor was recently awarded a fiveyear IDIQ for drydock repairs to NOAA April 2018 // Marine Log 31