Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Vigor Wins $14 Million USNS Overhaul Contract

By Mark Edward Nero

Portland-based Vigor Marine has been awarded a $13.99 million contract for a 45-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and drydocking of the USNS Amelia Earhart.

Work is expected to include clean and gas free tanks, voids, cofferdams and spaces, flight deck non-skid renewal, salt water ballast tank preservation, main engine overhaul, main diesel generator inspection and cleaning, annual lifeboat certification, galley and laundry ventilation system cleaning, docking and undocking, propeller shaft and stern tube inspections, bow thruster propeller polishing, sea valve replacement, and underwater hull cleaning and painting.

The contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $14.29 million.

Work is scheduled to be performed in Portland, and is expected to be completed by May 15.

The USNS Amelia Earhart, which was launched in April 2008, is a 689-foot long (210 meters) 16,446-dwt vessel and has a top speed of 20 knots. It is designed to deliver ammunition, food, fuel and other dry cargo to US and allied warships at sea.

It typically carries a crew of 124 civil service mariners and, at times has an additional complement of military personnel, as well as two helicopters.