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Marine Log

January 16, 2007

Tecnico busy with commercial marine projects

Tecnico Corporation, of Norfolk, VA, is continuing its expansion into commercial marine projects.

Tecnico has a history of successful ship repair support to local Norfolk yards such as Newport News, Norshipco and others.

In recent years Tecnico has expanded its reach into Jacksonville, Florida, and Mobile, Alabama. The Mobile division has a clear expertise in steel and joiner and interior projects.

Tecnico is currently well into the completion of a double hull barge for US Shipping LLC (USS).

The 140,000 BBL tanker was intitially started at Senesco in Rhode Island. Tecnico initially started working for Senesco assembling modules sent from their Rhode Island facility to the graving dock in Sparrows Point, Baltimore. When USS took over responsibility to complete the project, Tecnico was employed to continue its work. Tecnico has employed over 200 employees and set up shop in Baltimore to support the project.

The initial workscope included supplying structural workers from around the country to assemble units and modules sent by others. Since that point, Tecnico's role has expanded to include many other aspects of the construction. Stainless steel piping systems(cargo), bond strand piping (ballast), and now fabrication of panels, assemblies and modules are all included in the expanded workscope.

As the project developed, USS was looking for support on a repair project on the MV Charleston. The work involved electrical cable and conduit, piping systems, coatings, staging etc. Tecnico took on the project and many additional items to support USS in getting the vessel out on time.

Another example of the Tecnico's capabilities is the work done in early 2006 for Lash Marine of New Orleans. The Bally Sea and Banda Sea are running cargo from Mobile, Alabama to Mexico. The vessels are busy and downtime was at a premium. There was a need for steel repairs and a competing need to keep the vessels working as much as possible. Tecnico replaced a total of 350 tons of steel over a 5 month period working at sea, in New Orleans and Mobile. All of the work was done without requiring a drydocking and minimizing loss of hire time.

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