NNSY Finishes the USS Alaska

Monday, March 16, 2009

The fleet ballistic missile submarine USS Alaska (SSBN 732) finished its 27.5 month availability at Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) on schedule and under cost March 8, marking the first East Coast overhaul of a SSBN.

"We gained technical knowledge from having worked two guided-missile submarine conversions here at Norfolk and from knowledge sharing with Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on West Coast engineering refueling overhauls and we applied that knowledge to our advantage," said Pete Marfio, project superintendent.

Since March 30, 2006, NNSY has been part of the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Administration's Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) and earned "star site" status. As a star site, the shipyard made significant improvements in compensation management, employee incentive programs, ergonomic intervention and employee OSH involvement. The shipyard's Lean Six-Sigma processes also contributed to the decline in workplace hazards as well as the lowest injury/illness rate for a long duration submarine availability in the Navy.

The reactor servicing team finished the refueling 12 days ahead of schedule - beating the previous record by 16 days.

During this work phase, the servicing team credited Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility for sharing lessons learned and building on the "one shipyard" concept.

"It was all about teamwork and commitment," said Bobby Lake, deputy project superintendent. "From cold ops to hot ops, from the boat's arrival to the undocking evolution, we had a plan and executed it."

Lake added that the availability was also guided by daily morning meetings where everyone discussed their goals for the upcoming day, and allowed great interaction between the project team and ship's crew.

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

RS at SEA JAPAN 2014

Russian Maritime Register of Shipping (RS) was the only Russian company to take part in SEA JAPAN 2014 exhibition and conference – one of the major exhibitions of the maritime industry.

Reports: Brazilian Tycoon Batista Investigated For Financial Crimes

Brazils federal police have opened an investigation into former billionaire Eike Batista for financial crimes, including insider trading, manipulation of markets and money laundering,

Shipping Turns From Banks to Equity Markets for Cash

Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Port Authority Salvage Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0994 sec (10 req/sec)