Austal USA reports that, immediately after finalizing its deal on a new repair facility in the Port of San Diego, it placed an order for a floating dry dock. The new floating dry dock, optimized to efficiently dock small surface combatants and similar sized ships, will be the centerpiece of the new repair facility.
Construction on the dry dock began today and the completed vessel is scheduled to be fully operational in Austal’s new San Diego repair facility by August 2023.
The dry dock will have a 9,000 light ton lifting capacity. It will be 531 feet (162 meters) long, 154 feet (47 meters) wide, with a maximum draft of 36 feet (11 meters). Construction on the dry dock began today and the completed dock is scheduled to be fully operational in Austal’s new San Diego repair facility by August 2023.
“This dry dock will greatly enhance Austal’s ability to provide the Navy and other customers a highly capable full-service repair facility located in the homeport of San Diego,” said Austal USA resident Rusty Murdaugh said. “It will be invaluable to our customers, and we are eager to satisfy their growing demand for West Coast repair facilities that include dry docks.”