Philly Shipyard Repairs MARAD Ship
Philly Shipyard, Inc. (PSI) , formerly Aker Philadelphia Shipyard, has commenced work on its first contract to perform modernization, repair and maintenance work on a government ship, the SS Antares.
The sole operating subsidiary of Philly Shipyard ASA said in a press note that the SS Antares is an Algol class vehicle cargo ship, owned by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) and managed by TOTE Services, LLC (TOTE) and undergoes routine repair and maintenance during its scheduled dry docking every five years.
TOTE, as ship manager for MARAD, awarded the contract to Philly Shipyard.
“I am thrilled and honored that Philly Shipyard has been selected for the Antares repair,” said Philly Shipyard President and CEO Steinar Nerbovik. “It is an important milestone for the yard as we transition into a mix of commercial and government work, and it has been exciting to recall some of our skilled men and women for this opportunity. We are confident that we will be able to deliver on our commitments to MARAD and TOTE and are thankful for this opportunity to serve.”
Work on the SS Antares is expected to last approximately two months. Philly Shipyard’s objective is to win similar repair and maintenance contracts going forward in order to continuously utilize its drydocks as part of its plan to reconstitute its workforce.
PSI is a leading U.S. commercial shipyard constructing vessels for operation in the Jones Act market.