OCTOBER 8, 2014—Detyens Shipyards, Inc., Charleston, SC, was recently awarded a $14,737,872 firm-fixed-price contract by the Military Sealift Command for a 170-day drydocking and overhaul of USNS Zeus (T-ARC 7). The contract (N62387-15-C-7505) includes nine options, which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to $17,199,024.
The 513 ft USNS Zeus (T-ARC-7) is a cable laying/repair ship. She is capable of laying 1,000 miles of cable at depths of up to 9,000 ft. The ship will be drydocked and overhauled in Charleston. The work is expected to be completed by April 2015. Working capital contract funds in the amount of $14,737,872 are being obligated at the time of award, and will not expire at the end of the fiscal year.
The contract was procured as a 100 percent small business set-aside via the Federal Business Opportunities website. A total of three offers were received for the work.
Detyens has several other government vessels in the shipyards for drydocking, overhaul and maintenance work including the Military Sealift Command's 755 ft long fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE-8), the Maritime Administration Ready Reserve Force's 648 ft long M/V Cape Race, and the 338 ft long Joint High Speed Vessel USNS Spearhead (JHSV 1).
The shipyard also has had a good mix of recent commercial ship repair work, including drydocking two cruise ships, the Discovery Explorer and the Island Breeze, and the research vessel Odyssey Explorer.