Page 14. MAINE COASTAL NEWS December 2011 Boat And Ship Yard News
Bath Iron Works Lays Keel for First DDG 1000 Destroyer From Program Executive Office, Ships Public Affairs
BATH, Maine (NNS) — The U.S. Navy laid the keel for its first Zumwalt-class destroyer (DDG 1000), on November 17, at General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Bath. While keel laying was once traditionally the formal recognition of the start of the ship’s construction, today’s advanced modular shipbuilding allows fabrication of the ship to begin months before. However, the keel laying continues to symbolically recognize the joining of the ship’s compo- nents and the ceremonial beginning of the ship.
This Swan 45 is being repaired at Billings Diesel & Marine in Stonington. She suffered hull damage damage during squall while rafted with another boat.
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They were marinzed, gears attached and then installed. Before this could happen they had to reset the engines beds, and install a new genset and exhaust system. This repower was complicated by the boat still being in the water and the fact that it was a very tight fit. They had to use a float barge and crane and even with everything moving the installation went smooth. Once everything was hooked up and tested she went out on sea trials, which went extremely well.
At the Kittery yard the yacht AMERI- CAN PROMISE has been hauled for the win- ter, but it is unknown exactly what work will be done this winter. One possible project would be the installation of a 30 kW electrical hybrid Steyr engine.
Presently the yard as a number of bids out for winter work and they are just waiting for the owner’s okay.
General Marine in Biddeford is gearing up for winter. This fall they worked on repair- ing their temporary building that collapsed last winter. They restrengthened the center
and side frames and then reattached the exte- rior skin. This job was completed by the first week in November.
Inside the shop is a 38-foot Northern Bay hull, which is being finished out as a pleasure boat. She had been shipped out as a kit boat five years ago and has returned to be com- pleted. The interior has been roughed in and now they are working on the mechanical systems. She is powered with a 700-hp Cater- pillar diesel engine. Next they will complete the interior and she will be ready for a spring launching.
A 36 foot kit boat will be laid up for a customer from Wiscasset. They will start this around the first of November and done late fall.
They also have 20 19-foot x 6.5 foot boats to build for the Japanese fishermen. The design was done by Stacey Raymond, owner of General Marine with assistance from the Japanese fishermen. This project will keep the yard extremely busy this winter. Also there may be more of these boats to do.
“Keel laying is just the first of many important milestones and events in bringing Zumwalt to life,” said Capt. Jim Downey, DDG 1000 program manager, Program Executive Office, Ships. “With the outstanding team we have assembled, I look forward to building on the superb progress we’ve achieved to date and delivering this extremely capable war- ship to the fleet.”
The lead ship and class are named in honor of former Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Elmo R. “Bud” Zumwalt Jr., who served as chief of naval operations from 1970-1974. The ship’s co-sponsors, Ann Zumwalt, Mouzetta Zumwalt-Weathers, and Lt. Col. James G. Zumwalt symbolically authenti- cated the keel with a plate displaying the initials of all four children of the ship’s name- sake, including eldest son, the late-Elmo R. Zumwalt III.
Construction began on DDG 1000 in February 2009, and the Navy and its industry partners have worked to mature the ship’s design and ready their industrial facilities to build this advanced surface combatant. ZUMWALT is currently more than 60 per- cent complete and scheduled to deliver in fiscal year 2014. Construction on the second ship of the class, MICHAEL MOONSOOR (DDG 1001), began March 2010.
Designed for sustained operations in the littorals and land attack, the multi-mission DDG 1000 will provide independent forward presence and deterrence, support special operations forces, and operate as an integral part of joint and combined expeditionary forces. This warship integrates numerous critical technologies, systems, and principles into a complete warfighting system. These include employment of optimal manning through human systems integration, im- proved quality of life, low operations and support costs, multi-spectral signature re- duction, balanced warfighting design, sur- vivability, and adaptability.
Hodgdon Completes Another Composite Hull Infusion
Hodgdon Yachts recently completed the infusion of a large advanced composite power yacht hull. The project is a testament to Hodgdon’s demonstrated core compe- tency in advanced composites, modern inte- rior design and construction as well as com- plete engineering services support. “There is a huge emphasis on incorpo- rating aggressive solutions on this project and at the same time, an absolute priority on quietness, minimizing weight and optimizing performance. Our reputation for quality and craftsmanship as well as our innovative ap- proach to problem solving through sophisti- cated advanced composite engineering and construction techniques has proven to be an excellent fit for this very demanding project” said Tim Hodgdon, CEO of Hodgdon Yachts. Having started in 1816, with an incred- ible history of building schooners and yachts over the nearly 200 years of existence, Hodgdon is one of America’s oldest boatbuilder. Still family owned, this East Boothbay company is a leader in advanced composite construction while maintaining exceptional skills for world class traditional and modern interiors. The company’s five divisions include high end superyacht inte- riors, custom sail and power yacht construc- tion, military contracting, refits and custom superyacht tenders.
Ocean Point Marina in East Boothbay recently sold the pleasure cruiser BOSS LADY and she is in the shop for some work. They are going to repair the worm shoe, make repairs to the flybridge, add rails and refasten the rub rails, repaint the topsides, and strip the bottom and paint it.
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