Penn Ship Provides Emergency Repairs For Two Foreign Ships

Twice in recent weeks Pennsylvania Shipbuilding Company in Chester, Pa., has come to the aid of a foreign-flag vessel stranded in the Delaware River and unable to meet her commitment to load cargo.

In the first instance, the 74,000-dwt Hong Kong-owned, Liberian-flag OBO Mega Bay had sustained extensive damage to her side shell only six days before she was scheduled to load cargo in the Port of Philadelphia. Penn Ship repair crews worked two full shifts for five days to repair and replace the damaged steel structure, allowing the Mega Bay to be on her loading berth on time.

In the second case, the Japanese-owned, Panamanian-flag, 81,000-dwt tanker Grand Eagle had experienced a main engine failure.

Penn Ship crews, working closely with personnel from the ship's original builder and the engine manufacturer, disassembled her main engine, removed the damaged 18-ton crankshaft, installed a new one, and re-assembled and tested the engine in only five weeks, returning the ship to service 18 days earlier than had been planned.

Commenting on these two successful jobs, Penn Ship director of ship repair John Adams said: "Owners and agents of ships calling in the Delaware and, indeed, all North Atlantic ports, know that here in Chester is a fullservice shipyard that can swing into action and undertake quickly and efficiently any sort of repair job. Our reputation is spreading, and more and more ships are turning to Penn Ship for help."

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