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Shipyards by increasing automation in the production process to improve efficiency. “Our focus is on safety, integrity, innovation and quality to consistently deliver a product that exceeds our customer’s expectations.” Hunt points to recent capital investments at the yard that will help continue that goal. Those capital investments include: • Automated panel Sub-Arc Gantry; • Automated high-definition plasma CNC-controlled structural profile cutting machine; • The addition of another high-definition plasma burning machine with beveling, drilling, tapping capabilities; • Automated pipe bender; • Automated CNC-controlled press brake; and • Advances in efficiency gained by successful implementation of ShipConstructor with corporate ERP system. “Implementation of these automated processes allows numerous fabrication processes on our panel line to be repeatable, more efficient, and allows our crew of skilled tradesmen to focus on other value added areas of production,” says Hunt.

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Vane Brothers Fleet Expansion Continues On the new construction side, Gunderson Marine has a backlog that stretches into mid-2018, with orders for two 81,900 bbl ATB ocean tank barges and three 114,000 bbl oil spill recovery barges. The two ATB barges for Seattle-based Harley Marine Services, will be delivered in August 2017 and December 2017, respectively. The oil spill recovery barges will be delivered in December 2017, February 2018 and April 2018, respectively. “We are currently engaged in discussions with several of our customers to extend that backlog even further,” says Hunt. Gunderson Marine has been making some changes at the shipyard

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Another owner aggressively building is Vane Brothers, Baltimore, MD. Vane, which operates the largest number of coastal tank barges, now has three ongoing new construction programs for three different classes of tugs. In early September, it placed an order for three additional 3,000 hp tugs at Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, MD, bringing the total number of tugs ordered at the yard to 20 since July 2008. A new class of Vane Brothers’ ATB tug was ordered from Conrad Orange, Orange, TX, this past summer. Designed by naval architect and marine engineering firm Castleman Maritime, LLC, Clear

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