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Transocean Deepwater Navigator arriving at Signal Ship Repair and moving onto the newly refurbished dock. Photo by Aaron Tesney Photography

December 13, 2010

Signal International refurbishes Mobile shipyard

Signal International Inc. recently completed a $9 million yard and dry dock renovation at its shipyard in Mobile, Alabama.

The former Bender Shipbuilding facility is now the home of Signal Ship Repair, SSR, and is the flagship vessel repair and new construction division for ships, workboats, and tugs in the Signal family of yards.

The facility upgrade project was completed ahead of schedule and ready for the Transocean Deepwater Navigator. The drillship has been at Signal's Pascagoula yard for repairs and recently arrived at SSR's Panamax dry dock, for hull and tank repairs, thruster removal and repair, servicing of the main propulsion system and lower hull painting.

The newly refurbished Panamax floating dry dock has been certified for a lift capacity of 21,500 tons.

"We completely overhauled the dry dock," says Bob Beckmann, senior vice president and general manager of Signal Ship Repair.

Over 500 tons of steel were replaced on the well deck supporting structure and the wing wall plating with attached internal structure. The west end well deck apron was also renewed in its entirety and all exterior wing wall coatings were redone. The south wing wall crane had two new engines installed, all the steel cables on both cranes were replaced and both cranes were inspected, tested and annual certifications renewed.

Additionally, the dry dock slip was dredged to a depth of 52 feet to accommodate vessels up to 33-foot draft.

"With all these improvements and enhanced capability," Mr. Beckmann says, "we are generating a renewed interest in the yard and will be able to pursue a variety of deeper draft vessel projects, US Navy and dry dock work in 2011 and beyond."

Besides the 21,500-ton deep draft Panamax, the full service shipyard has a 4,500-ton floating dry dock, 100,000 sq. ft. covered fabrication area, a refurbished machine shop, covered panel line, and complete electrical and pipe shop.

"Our acquisition and investment in SSR has revitalized the yard," commented Dick Marler, Signal's president and chief executive officer. "We have instilled our culture of safety and quality craftsmanship and we are now positioned to attract new work which will benefit the Mobile area."


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