Vigor Marine LLC is awarded a firm-fixed-price contract, worth around $10.8 million, for a 51-calendar day shipyard availability for the regular overhaul and dry docking of USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE 11).
USNS Washington Chambers is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo and ammunition ship operated by the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command (MSC).
The contract work will include furnishing general services for the ship, forward aqueous firefighting foam system piping replacement, cargo pump room pipe replacement, docking and un-docking vessel, propeller shaft and stern tube inspection, underwater hull spot blast and painting, freshwater stern tube lubrication system installation, and flight deck nonskid renewal. Work will be performed in Portland, Oregon, will commence Jan. 15, 2019, and is expected to be completed by March 7, 2019.
The contract includes options which, if exercised, would bring the total contract value to around $11.1 million.
USNS Washington Chambers (T-AKE-11) is a Lewis and Clark-class dry cargo ship of the U.S. Navy, named in honor of Captain Washington Chambers (1856–1934), a pioneer in U.S. naval aviation.
The contract to build Washington Chambers was awarded to National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) on 12 December 2008. Her keel was laid down on 25 August 2009. Washington Chambers was launched and christened on 11 September 2010 sponsored by Loretta Penn, wife of former Acting Secretary of the Navy, B.J. Penn.
Washington Chambers was delivered to the U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command on 23 February 2011, following a series of tests and sea trials.
The ship delivers ammunition, provisions, spare parts, potable water and petroleum products to U.S. Navy and other allied navy ships at sea, allowing them to remain underway and combat ready for extended periods of time.