Colonna’s Shipyard Inc. is awarded a contract for a 90-calendar day shipyard availability for the post shakedown availability (PSA) and dry docking of U.S. Navy’s ninth Spearhead-class expeditionary fast transport ship, USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF 9).
The firm-fixed-price contract, worth around $11.9 million, is awarded by the vessel’s operator, the U.S. Navy Military Sealift Command (MSC).
The PSA work will include clean and gas-free tanks, voids, cofferdams and spaces, heater exchangers; modify fore peak structure, perform annual stern ramp maintenance, install heat tracing and thermal insulation on piping, perform annual maintenance of ride control system, bilge cleaning, reduction gear maintenance, self-contained breathing apparatus annual certification, high expansion foam system certification, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system annual maintenance, annual sewage plant maintenance, docking and undocking, evacuation system annual certification, waterjet hydraulics maintenance, and installation of the adaptive force package.
The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value of this contract to around $13.6 million.
Work will be performed in Norfolk, Virginia, and is expected to begin Jan. 7, 2019, with completion by April 6, 2019.
USNS City of Bismarck (T-EPF-9) is the ninth of 12 Expeditionary Fast Transports (EPF) in the U.S. Navy fleet operated by the Military Sealift Command (MSC)..
On 7 June 2017, USNS City of Bismarck was launched at Austal USA in Mobile, Alabama. The City of Bismarck completed acceptance trials on 20 October 2017 and its delivery was accepted by the U.S. Navy on 19 December 2017.