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Shipyards This month, NBBB will deliver a unique multi-purpose passenger cargo vessel for American Samoa. Called the M/V Manu’atele, the 140 ft x 38 ft vessel is certified as a USCG Subchapter T and Subchapter I vessel, and built to ABS load line, but not classed. NBBB CEO Gavin Higgins says the shipbuilder had to compete against a number of West Coast yards for the contract. Higgins says the Manu’atele is fully SOLAS compliant, carrying both life boats as well as life rafts, a full suite of navigation and communications, fire suits, etc. He says that the Manu’atele was the first vessel of her kind, so there were a number of regulatory and shipbuilding challenges that required close cooperation between the shipyard, the Coast Guard, naval architects Elliott Bay Design Group, and the owners. The Manu’atele will sail about 15 days to Hawaii, then another 15 days to American Samoa for her delivery. Higgins also says that the first of the two 100-passenger cruise vessels for Lindblad is “coming along nicely.” The hull and first two decks of superstructure are complete and NBBB anticipates completing all the steel before the end of the year. Jamestown Metal Marine is busy outfitting the first two decks.

Gunderson Marine Expands Outfitting and Topside Repair “We have been historically known for our strength in top quality hull construction on heavy lift deck barges,” says Rick Hunt, Director of Marine Project Development, Gunderson Marine. “However, recently we have expanded our capability and expertise in detailed installation of piping systems and topside outfitting.” That expertise can be traced to Portland, OR-based Gunderson Marine’s recent delivery of two 185,000 bbl oil/chemical ATB tank

Manu’atele is the first vessel of her kind

barges for Kirby Offshore Marine. “Our 1,200-foot outfitting dock is fully functional, served by two mobile whirly cranes and we have recently completed several topside repair projects, such as the addition of a 21-foot tall hopper bin and installation of a wood wear deck on the deck barge Sitka for the wood chip market,” he says. Another interesting project was the lashing and final outfitting of the riverboat Columbia Queen onto the deck barge Columbia Newark for its transit from Portland through the Panama Canal to New Orleans.

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