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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Bender Awarded Containership Contract

Bender Shipbuilding and Repair Co., Inc., of Mobile, Alabama, has become the first U.S. shipyard to win a container ship contract in 10 years. The contract calls for Bender to build two vessels capable of carrying 367 45-ft. containers for California-based Santa Maria Shipping L.L.C. Bender and Santa Maria Shipping will sign the contract at a ceremony and press briefing.

Bender and Otto Candies Agree On Tugs

Bender Shipbuilding and Repair Co., and Otto Candies have signed a contract for three 150 ft. (45.7 m) Anchor Handling Tugs to be constructed by the Mobile, Ala., shipbuilding company. The contract, which requires the trio of vessels to be delivered in 2000, also grants Otto Candies an option to purchase five more identical tugs. Measuring 150 x 50 x 21 ft. (45.7 x 15.2 x 6.4 m), with a 10,000-hp capacity, the vessels hold a Stewart & Stevenson triple screw propulsion system, with two EMD diesel engines driving outboard Aquamaster Z-drives and one EMD diesel engine through a Reintjes reverse reduction gear. Deck machinery aboard the tug group will consist of a SMATCO line pull Double Drum Reverse Waterfall Towing/Anchor Handling Winch; two SMATCO tuggers rated at 20,000 lbs.

Bender and Otto Candies Agree on Tugs

Bender Shipbuilding and Repair Co., and Otto Candies have signed a contract for three 150 ft. Anchor Handling Tugs to be constructed by the Mobile, Ala. shipbuilding company. The contract, which requires the trio of vessels to be delivered in 2000, also grants Otto Candies an option to purchase five more identical tugs. Measuring 150 x 50 x 21 ft. with a 10,000 hp capacity, the vessels hold a Stewart & Steveneon triple screw propulsion system, with two EMD diesel engines driving outboard Aquamaster Z-drives and one EMD diesel engine through a Reintjes reverse reduction gear. Deck machinery aboard the tug group will consist of a SMATCO line pull double drum reverse waterfall tower/anchor handling winch; two SMATCO tuggers rated at 20,000 lbs.

U.S. Shipyard Design Enhancement Project Gets NSRP Funding

The development of key features in ShipConstructor will be funded by the Second-Tier Shipyard Design Enhancement Project II, which recently received significant funding from the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise. The project, headed by Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc., includes seven shipyards and four naval architect firms, representing the core of second-tier shipbuilding and ship design in the United States. The overall goal of the project is to provide U.S. second-tier shipyards with a state-of-the-art design system that will enhance their global competitiveness. Albacore Research Ltd. (ARL) will extend ShipConstructor’s capabilities to fully meet the design requirements of the U.S. second-tier shipyard industry.

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co.,Opens Astilleros Bender

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. of Mobile, Ala.has announced the opening of Astilleros Bender S. De R.L. De C.V. in Tampico, Mexico. Astilleros Bender is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bender. The shipyard is located on the south side of the Panuco River 10 km upstream from the Gulf o Mexico and across the city of Tampico. The yard consists of 125 acres of land and 3000 ft. of river frontage accessed by 28 ft. deep maintained channel. Astilleros Bender currently is concentrating on ship repair and has in operation a 3000 ton lift capacity dry dco and some 1,500 feet of river side repair facility open for business.

Navy Cruiser Arrives At Bender For Repair Work

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. signed a contract for the drydocking and repair of USS Yorktown. The Ticonderoga Class Guided Missile Cruiser, which was built at Ingalls in 1982 has a workscope of standard drydocking items and shaft repairs. The vessel arrived at Bender on November 12, where it will remain until December 1.

Is it the End for Bender Shipbuilding?

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. agreed to seek protection from its creditors, filing a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition to reorganize. The company announced in a prepared statement that it intended to cut its workforce to about 300 to keep operations, including a ship repair job, running. “I regret very much the impact this decision has on our employees and vendors, and the community,” said Tom Bender, President and CEO, pledging to “devote every waking minute” to getting the company through the process and back to business as usual as quickly as possible. Monday, according to a blog on AL.com (http://blog.al.com) a U.S. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge reportedly ruled that Seacor Marine was due to collect a $5 million guarantee from Bender…

Bender Shipbuilding Awarded Contract on Navy Frigate

Congressman Sonny Callahan announced that Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. recently signed a contract for the drydocking and repair of the USS Stephan W. Groves (FFG 29). The Groves is an Oliver Hazard Perry Class Guided Missile Frigate homeported in Pacagoula, Miss. The vessel’s overhaul is being managed by the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair in Pascagoula for the Department of the Navy. The Groves will arrive at Bender on July 31 for a drydocking scheduled in early August and completion in mid-November. The work package includes drydocking, hull, machinery, electrical, electronics and piping repairs with a contract value of $8 million plus optional items which could result in an additional $1.5 million. The job will require 125 workers.

Bender Gets Contract on USS Ticonderoga

Senator Jeff Sessions announced that Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. has been awarded a contract for the drydocking of the USS Ticonderoga, the Navy’s first Aegis Cruiser, presently homeported in Pascagoula, Miss. The vessel’s overhaul is being managed by the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion in Pascagoula, Miss. for the Department of the Navy. The repairs are scheduled to being in February 2002. The work package includes rudder, shafting, valve, structural and electrical repairs as well as major preservation items that presently total approximately $8 million; employing approximately 125 shipyard workers at the peak of the 120-day contract. Bender has the option pricing in place for additional work that could bring the total package to almost $16 million.

Bender Wins ATB Contract

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc signed a contract with Maritrans Inc. to build three new articulated tug-barge units, each having a carrying capacity of 335,000 barrels. Each barge will be connected to a 12,000 hp tugboat using the Intercon connection system. Construction of the three new vessels will take place in Mobile, Alabama and at its affiliated company, the Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair Company. Maritrans estimates that the total cost of construction (including owner furnished equipment) will be approximately $77.5 million for each tug-barge unit. Bender Shipbuilding expects to deliver the first unit in October of 2007, with the remaining two vessels expected to be delivered seven months apart in May and December of 2008, respectively.

Bender to Repair Pemex Semi-Sub

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc., signed a contract with Pemex, the national oil company of Mexico, for the repair, refurbishment and dry docking of Pemex’s semi-submersible accommodation/maintenance vessel, the PSS Chemul. The 13,000 ton Chemul was recently drydocked in Mobile on the Mobile Heavy Lifter, a submersible heavy lift barge chartered in by Bender for the docking of the semi. Chemul was then towed to the work site at Bender's Yard 9, located on the east side of the Mobile River. "This contract represents Bender's entry into this class of repair work on offshore rigs and vessels and we are very appreciative of Pemex's confidence in Bender for awarding us this job,” said Tom Bender, company president.

ARL to Develop Investment as 3D Product Model Design Software

Albacore Research Ltd (ARL) has announced that its ShipConstructor software has been named design software-of-choice under the Second-Tier Shipyard Design Enhancement Program, which was recently granted funding under the National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP) Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise initiative. The NSRP Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise is a collaborative program aimed at boosting productivity among U.S. first- and second-tier shipbuilding and repair yards. Recent project awards included $1.25 million for the development of standard shared CAD software for commonality of designs of critical components such as HVAC and piping systems and creation of a common parts catalogue.

Bender Promotes Pinkham

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. Inc. and Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair Company have promoted Michael Pinkham to Ship Repair Sales Manager for both the Mobile and Tampa yards. The Sales and Marketing Departments of both companies have been combined to more efficiently and economically service customer accounts. Pinkham brings his many years of ship repair sales, production and estimating experience to this position. He will be responsible for coordinating the efforts of Sales currently working for both yards in the domestic market, as well as coordinating opportunities from the international markets.

Navy Awards Contracts

The U.S. Navy has awarded an $116,100 contract to PPG Industries Inc., Huntsville, for windshield assemblies. The contract was awarded by the Naval Inventory Control Point, Philadelphia. Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. Inc., Mobile, has been awarded a contract from the U.S. Navy's Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, D.C., for the missile range instrumentation ship T-AGM(R) concept preliminary design. No contract amount was specified ($0).

Bender Secures Loan, Sells Assets

According to a Nov. 4 report from www.al.com, attorneys for Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. reached an agreement Tuesday with creditors that will allow the bankrupt Mobile, Ala. company to borrow up to $6m while it tries to sell assets. (Source: www.al.com)  

Austal to Establish U.S. Presence

Australian shipbuilder Austal, the world's largest builder of high-speed ferries, has signed a joint venture agreement with Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. (Bender) to establish a U.S. shipbuilding operation: Austal USA. Austal's Chairman, John Rothwell made the announcement that Bender, located in Alabama, would partner Austal in the U.S. The majority equity will be held by Austal. Currently the coastwise trade laws in the U.S. (primarily the Jones Act and the Passenger Vessel Services Act) generally prohibit foreign-built vessels from operating on domestic routes. More than 3,600 vessels are active in the U.S. passenger vessel industry and they carry nearly 200 million passengers each year.

Bender Shipbuilding Secures Contract

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. Inc., Mobile, Ala., is being awarded an $8,075,500 firm-fixed-price contract for the dry docking selected restricted availability of USS Stephen W. Groves (FFG 29). Work will be performed in Mobile and is to be completed by November 2002. Contract funds in the amount of $7,962,443 will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This contract was competitively procured and advertised in the Commerce Business Daily, with three proposals solicited and two offers received. The Supervisor of Shipbuilding, Conversion and Repair, Pascagoula, Miss., is the contracting activity.

Shipbuilding R&D Supported

The National Shipbuilding Research Program Advanced Shipbuilding Enterprise (NSRP ASE) announced last month the selection of four new research projects as part of the Navy/Industry co-funded portfolio of 33 projects. The four new projects are valued at $10.3M, including industry cost share. Project: A Lean Enterprise Model for U.S. Participants: Atlantic Marine Holding Co., Todd Pacific Shipyards, Bath Iron Works, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, and five others. Funding: 3.8M NSRP ASE, $3.8M industry cost share. Description: The principal objective of this project is to complete a comprehensive model for the application of lean manufacturing concepts to multiple market segments of the U.S. shipbuilding and repair industry.

Tampa Bay Shipbuilding Gets Orders for Barges

Overseas Shipholding Group Inc., the company that bought Maritrans Inc., said it will build three articulated tug barges, each with a construction value of about $90m. The barges will be constructed at Tampa Bay Shipbuilding & Repair Co., while the tug boats will be constructed at Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. in Mobile, Ala., according to a release from Overseas Shipholding. Tampa Bay Shipbuilding, which is an affiliate of Bender and located at the Port of Tampa, previously handled projects for Tampa-based Maritrans, which was sold in November for $455 million. A call to Tampa Bay Shipbuilding for additional details was pending. The barges will have a carrying capacity of about 290,000 barrels.

Bender wins ATB Contract

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. Inc. will build three tug barges worth $232.5 million for Maritrans Inc. Each articulated tug barge unit, a powerful 12,000-hp workboat, will be worth $77.5 million and able to carry 335,000 barrels of liquid petroleum products. The first unit should be delivered in October 2007, and the others will follow in May and December 2008, according to Maritrans, a Tampa-based marine petroleum transportation company. Each of the units include a tug and barge joined by a pin system that allows the connection to stay intact even in rough seas. Bender's shipyard was up and running at full capacity Tuesday after sustaining "little damage" from Hurricane Katrina.

Diversified Interests

With a history spanning three generations and more than 80 years, Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. is quite the familiar face in the Gulf Coast marketplace. Tracing origins back to 1919, when Theodore Jackson (T.J.) Bender, armed with knowledge from his apprenticeship at Ollinger Iron Works, formed Bender Welding and Machine Company; Bender Shipbuilding has adjusted and changed to market demand, building an assortment of vessels - ranging from barges and pushboats to towboats and shrimp vessels to OSVs and U.S. Navy Ships, and pretty much everything in between. T.J. Bender didn't survive to see the yard's transformation from machine ship to boatbuilder, as the company founder passed away in 1948.

Austal To Establish American Operation

Australian shipbuilder, Austal, the world's largest builder of high speed ferries, signed a joint venture agreement to establish an American shipbuilding presence - Austal USA. Following a lengthy investigation of the U.S. shipbuilding industry, Austal's chairman, John Rothwell, made the decision to elect Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. of Alabama as its U.S. partner - with major equity held by Austal. Known as a builder of aluminum vessels, Austal's product range extending from 80 ft. (24.3 m) fast ferries to large vehicle and passenger carrying vessels beyond 330 ft. (100.5 m) in length. The full product range is scheduled for construction at the Mobile, Ala. shipyard.

Atlantic Marine Executive To Head SCA

Herschel T. Vinyard, Jr., Vice President of Atlantic Marine Holding Company, was elected Chairman of the Shipbuilders Council of America (SCA). Mr. Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. Cherrie Felder, Channel Shipyards, New Orleans was elected Vice Chairwoman. SCA is the largest and most broadly-based national trade association representing the U.S. shipyard industry. SCA members build, repair and service America's fleet of commercial and small and mid-sized government vessels. The Council represents 52 companies that own and operate over 120 shipyards in 23 states, with facilities on all three U.S. coasts, the Great Lakes and the inland waterways system. SCA also represents 28 affiliate members that provide goods and services to the shipyard industry.

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