Vigor Sets Its Sights on Growth

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Vigor Industrial is a comprehensive marine services provider specializing in shipbuilding and ship repair. Three years ago, Vigor initiated an aggressive growth strategy that consolidated major shipyard facilities in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska under one umbrella, and more than doubled the size of its business, and leading a renaissance of the marine business on the U.S. West Coast.
Over the next five years, Vigor has set its sights on an expansion plan that will double the current size of the company. 

Shipyard Investment and Improvement
In early 2012, Vigor Industrial acquired Alaska Ship & Drydock (ASD). ASD’s strategic position in the ice-free waters of Alaska’s southern panhandle combined with a skilled Alaskan workforce, that possesses advanced expertise in the needs of arctic operations, made it a good fit for Vigor Industrial’s five year growth strategy.  Since the acquisition, construction of a 70,000 sq. ft. assembly hall, with adjacent five story production center, has been completed. ASD is currently working on the first vessel to be completed in the new hall, The Arctic Prowler, a 136 ft., steel-hulled longliner for Alaska Longline Company. Vigor’s strongest investment, now and in the future, will continue to be in its people. There is no question that manufacturing success hinges upon the availability of skilled workers in a wide variety of trades. Industrial jobs matter and Vigor is deeply committed to doing its part to ensure that the well-trained workforce, necessary for the future of the industry, is available.
The Swan Island Training Center at Vigor’s Portland shipyard is a proactive step to train a new generation of welders. The training center is a public/private partnership between Vigor Industrial and Portland Community College. It was founded in 2008 with Vigor’s initial $200,000 investment and ongoing support of $10,000 to $20,000 per month. Students of the training center gain hands-on experience and graduates supply Vigor companies and surrounding manufacturing firms with the skilled labor necessary for continued success. As important as these efforts are, Vigor recognizes that a broader solution to workforce development is necessary, one that aligns the objectives of America’s education system with employer needs. At a time when the public school system is eliminating vocational career paths, Vigor is actively engaged in a partnership with industry, community groups and labor to establish a vocational skills program at an existing charter high school. Vigor’s $100,000 contribution this year to help start the program is an important step toward solving the shrinking pool of skilled industrial workers among the younger population entering the workforce.
Industry partners include the Manufacturing 21 Coalition; Impact Northwest, a non-profit with programs for at-risk youth; LEP High, a public charter school in Portland; and Oregon Labor Commissioner, Brad Avakian who is actively engaging union participation. Each sector has already made significant contributions in terms of dollars, time and skill. Each will also have unique responsibilities aimed at providing high school students with an in-depth exploration of manufacturing career opportunities, showing them a clear path for achievement, and providing training for early development of requisite skills and competencies. If all goes according to plan, the new program at LEP High will admit its first students in the fall of 2013.

Projects
In February, 2012, Vigor Industrial subsidiary, US Fab, began construction of the first, Olympic Class, 144-car auto/passenger ferry in Washington State Ferries’ fleet (WSF). US Fab teams have built six consecutive ferries for WSF, the largest ferry system in the United States and the fourth largest in the world. The 144-car ferry measures 362 x 83 x 25 ft. and is being fabricated in the extensive facilities of Vigor’s Seattle yard. It is the first of four and  features a steel monohull design with an aluminum wheelhouse and is being built to current USCG regulations. An integrated propulsion package features two (2) main diesel engines, gear boxes and controllable pitched propellers. US Fab’s in-house engineering staff will collaborate closely with the exceptional team at WSF throughout the entire production process.
The three 64-car, 750 passenger ferries recently constructed by US Fab prior to the commencement of work on the 144-car project won the regional, American Transportation Award for “Under Budget, Large Project.” US Fab delivered the three Kwa-di Tabil class ferries three months ahead of schedule and $7 million under budget.
The 144-car ferry is scheduled for delivery in early 2014.

(As published in the August 2012 edition of Maritime Reporter - www.marinelink.com)

Maritime Reporter June 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Shipbuilding

Evergreen Names Penultimate L-type Containership

A naming ceremony was held for the Evergreen Group’s newest containership, Ever Lovely, the ninth of its L-type vessels to be built by CSBC Corporation in Taiwan

Technip Wins Jurong's FPSO Conversion Contract

Technip has been awarded a topsides detailed engineering and procurement services contract by Jurong Shipyard Pte Ltd. The project is part of the conversion of a shuttle tanker into a floating,

Samsung Bags Order for Decks on Johan Sverdrup

Statoil, on behalf of the Johan Sverdrup license, has awarded Samsung the contract for decks for both the process and riser platforms.  The total contract value is NOK 7 billion.

Navy

Wartsila Tunnel Thruster Gets LR Approval

Wartsila has successfully passed the final step of the Lloyd's Register (LRS) classification society's Type Approval process to obtain an LR Type Approval Certificate

HMS Queen Elizabeth Powers to Life

U.K. Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth has produced power from her onboard diesel generators (DGs) for the first time, marking a significant stage in the program.

Austal Starts Next US Littoral Combat Ship

Austal and the U.S. Navy held a keel-laying ceremony today for the future USS Manchester (LCS 14), marking the first significant milestone in its construction.

Ferries

Protests Shut Channel Tunnel Again

The Channel Tunnel closed again on Tuesday due to protesting MyFerryLink workers, its operator Eurotunnel and French traffic supervision body Bison Fute said. The

Ferry Services at Calais Shut Again

Britons faced chaos in Calais last night after striking French sailors blocked the port for the second time in a week. Ferry services between Dover and Calais

Ferry Workers Block Calais Port Again in Dispute

Employees of a ferry service recently sold by Eurotunnel renewed a blockade of the northern French port of Calais on Monday after a court rejected their bid to

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Port Authority Ship Repair Ship Simulators 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: 0.4415 sec (2 req/sec)