Trinity Adds Huge Floating Dock At Texas Yard
Trinity Industries, Inc., has strengthened its ship repair and conversion capabilities in Beaumont, Texas, with the acquisition of a 579- foot, 15,000-ton lifting capacity floating drydock.
"With this large, heavy lift drydock, we can accommodate about 90 percent of the ships and boats working on the Gulf Coast," said John Dane III, president of the Trinity Marine Group, Gulfport, Miss., which is owned by Trinity Industries, Inc. "It also enables us to bid on U.S. Navy service life extension programs (SLEPs) for its vessels because we now have the capacity to drydock large ships. As the defense budget is decreased, naval vessels will have to last longer and we can help them do that." The drydock, AFDM-2, was built by the Navy between 1945 and 1947. It has not been in use for more than eight years and has been in storage at the Navy's reserve fleet in Jefferson County, Texas.
"With an overall length of 579 feet and a width of 116 feet with 87.5 feet between the wingwalls, " said Mr. Dane, "we can accommodate most ships and many offshore structures that work in the world's oceans." Trinity's lease on the drydock began November 1.
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