A 500-ton lift capacity floating dry dock designed by Mystic, Conn., based JMS Naval Architects for Biblia Inc. of Savannah, Ga. (see earlier story) is currently under construction at Conrad Shipyard, Morgan City, La.
Biblia owns and operates a fleet of tugs and barges, providing marine transportation, bed-leveling, agitation dredging, and dragging services on the East Coast, Gulf Coast, and Western Rivers of the U.S.
Biblia will use the dry dock to service its own tugboats and offer similar repair and maintenance services to other vessel owners in the area from their Savannah River facilities.
The new dry dock, which will replace Biblia’s existing dry dock, is 120 feet long, 60 feet wide, has a 6 feet deep pontoon, and 14 feet tall wing walls. The dock will primarily be used for hauling tug boats with a maximum length of 120 feet and draft of 10 feet. The dry dock design incorporates a shore power connection, onboard generator, individual pumps. One end of the dry dock is raked to facilitate towing the dock.
JMS developed a complete engineering and design package including all structural design, stability, and outfitting meeting the requirements of the ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Floating Dry Docks. Systems include the ballast system, seachest arrangement, electrical, and pump and discharge piping. JMS also designed the power system including generator arrangement, fuel tank arrangement, and electrical and piping system one-lines.