Boston Ship Repair, L.L.C., Boston, Mass., a unit of Northeast Ship Repair, was recently awarded a $9.22-million, firm-fixed-price contract for a 60-day regular overhaul/dry-docking of Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort.
Northeast Ship Repair President Edward Snyder told Marine Log the contract will employ between 100 to 150 workers during the contract period. Under the contract Boston Ship Repair will dry-dock the ship and perform tank preservation, freeboard preservation and underwater hull painting. It will also upgrade the ship's switchboard, repair its sea valves and overhaul its pumps.
Snyder says all of the hull coatings will require surface preparation, either using high-pressure water blasting or grit blasting. Ameron coatings will be used.
Last year, Boston Ship Repair completed repairs to the USNS Pomeroy, USNS Watkins and USNS Red Cloud.
The shipyard has a 350.5 meter long by 38.1 meter wide graving dock, with a 65,000-ton displacement capability. Located next to the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal, the shipyard has no air draft restrictions, with a channel draft of 40 feet.
Thumbnail photo shows a cruise ship being serviced in the shipyard's graving dock.
This contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $11.86 million. The work is expected to be completed by April 13, 2012.
January 8, 2012