Philly Shipyard starts work on MARAD ship

Written by Nick Blenkey
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SS Antares arrives at Philly Shipyard (Image: InSight Aerial photography)

Philly Shipyard, Inc. has begun work on its first contract to perform modernization, repair and maintenance work on a government ship, the SS Antares. The SS Antares, an Algol class vehicle cargo ship, owned by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) and managed by TOTE Services, undergoes routine repair and maintenance during its scheduled drydocking every five years.

“I am thrilled and honored that Philly Shipyard has been selected for the Antares repair,” said Philly Shipyard President and CEO Steinar Nerbovik. “It is an important milestone for the yard as we transition into a mix of commercial and government work, and it has been exciting to recall some of our skilled men and women for this opportunity. We are confident that we will be able to deliver on our commitments to MARAD and TOTE and are thankful for this opportunity to serve.”

Work on the SS Antares is expected to last approximately two months. Philly Shipyard’s objective is to win similar repair and maintenance contracts going forward in order to continuously utilize its dry docks as part of its plan to reconstitute its workforce.

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