PSS CHEMUL

Nov 27, 2004

Bender wins Pemex contract

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc., Mobile, has announced a contract with Pemex, the national oil company of Mexico, for the repair, refurbishment and dry docking of Pemex's semi-submersible accommodation/maintenance vessel, the "PSS CHEMUL."

The 13,000 ton CHEMUL was recently drydocked in Mobile on the MOBILE HEAVY LIFTER, a submersible heavy lift barge chartered in by Bender for the docking of the semi. The CHEMUL was then towed to the work site at Bender's Yard 9, located on the east side of the Mobile River.

The job is expected to take eight months to accomplish and will employ 275 direct Bender employees at its peak and another 75 subcontract personnel.

Bender Shipbuilding president Tom Bender said, "This contract represents Bender's entry into this class of repair work on offshore rigs and vessels and we are very appreciative of Pemex's confidence in Bender for awarding us this job. We have improved our facilities and added personnel experienced in this very exacting form of repair work and we are actively soliciting other work of this type."

The scope of the work on the CHEMUL includes steel and pipe repair in the vessel's hulls and columns, painting, power generation replacement and repair, and the upgrade and the installation of alarm, monitoring and control systems.

Some of the major items in the contract are the removal of existing accommodation and office units and the fabrication and installation of 36 new personnel accommodation units and seven new office units, removal of the existing 150 ton crane and the installation of a new one and the interior refurbishment of the existing permanent 300 man accommodation facility.

The Bender Team is headed up by Project Manager, Greg Castleman; Production Coordinator, Harry Stewart; Production Superintendent, Bill Holley; Project Engineers, David Hiscox, Bob Triplett and Sean Hickey; and Latin American Sales Director, Manuel Otano.

Bender participated in the bid tender for the work on the CHEMUL with other competing domestic and international shipyards. The bid process was supervised by Pemex personnel using guidelines and regulations instituted under Pemex's transparency policy for tendering work and was very successfully executed.

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