Shipyards Eastern Shipbuilding Grabs Biggest Sugar Plum The biggest shipbuilding sugar plum of the season was plucked by Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Panama City, FL, when it was authorized by the U.S. Coast Guard to move ahead with the detail design of the first Offshore Patrol Cutter (OPC) this past October. Neither of the two other finalists for the OPC contract — GD Bath Iron Works and
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The Coast Guard plans to acquire 25 OPCs. The timing of the OPC couldn’t be better for Eastern Shipbuilding, which has been busy working off its enormous backlog of tugs, towboats, and sophisticated offshore vessels. One of those sophisticated offshore vessels was the M/V Harvey Stone (see this month’s cover), delivered this past summer to Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC, New Orleans, LA. Built for Shell, the Harvey Stone is a unique Multi-Purpose Field Support Vessel (MPFSV), based on a 6400 Rampage design by Robert Allan, Ltd., Vancouver, BC, Canada. The 212 ft 7 in. x 59 ft 1 in. MPSV is a mighty little tug, with 121 tons bollard pull and a total of 9,374 hp. What makes it particularly noteworthy is its hybrid propulsion system. It has two GE Marine 12V250MDC IMO II, EPA Tier 4i marine diesel engines, each with Main PTI/PTO clutches, with two Reintjes LAF 3414p HL marine gears, and two 1,000 kW induction shaft motors/generators with a DC bus via bi-directional variable frequency drives. In early October, Eastern Shipbuilding’s Allanton, FL, shipyard launched the Ellis Island, the barge component of the Articulated Tug & Barge (ATB) hopper dredge it has under construction for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation. Great Lakes Dredge & Dock President David Simonelli, called the Ellis Island the “most efficient hopper dredge in the U.S. fleet.” The 433 ft x 92 ft Ellis Island has a hopper volume of 15,000 cubic yards. The vessel’s two 36-inch diameter drag arms are capable of mining sand from the ocean floor 122 feet below the water’s surface. The tug portion of the vessel, the Douglas Mackie, is expected to launch later this year. The shipyard expects to hold sea trials on the ATB vessel next March, and Great Lakes Dredge & Dock expects dredging operations to commence in the second quarter.
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Blount Boats Aggressively Pursuing New Construction
Bollinger Shipyards—filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office within the required 10 days from announcement of the award. If BIW or Bollinger had filed a protest, the amounts of their bids would have been made public. The full Phase II award (valued at $110.29 million and with a potential value of $2.38 billion) includes options for production of the lead OPC and up to eight follow-on cutters.
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On the East Coast, the pace of work has slowed at Blount Boats, Warren, RI, following the deliver y of the 100 ft, 318-passenger M/V Skyview to Chicago’s Shoreline Sightseeing this past summer, and the delivery of the Atlantic Pioneer, the first U.S.-flagged Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) for Atlantic Wind Transfer this past spring. “We’re aggressively pursuing new construction work,” says Julie Blount, Executive