Chain work fully funded by Shipyard cash flow
With engineering experts from a mainland firm on site, the Shipyard Services crew is working to complete this week the installation of a new chain to replace the old, worn-out one. This is part of the repairs being carried out at the government owned Ronald Reagan Marine Railway shipyard, where a smaller slipway to service long liner fishing vessels is in the planning stage.
ASG Shipyard Services Authority board chairman David Robinson, who is also the acting boss, estimates the project will cost around $300,000— which includes $200,000 for the new hauling chains that were ordered from an off-island company.
“All the money provided for this very important project is cash flow from the shipyard and we didn’t ask the government for any financial support on this project,” Robinson told Samoa News yesterday.
This project began last month and is being carried out by the shipyard’s crew. Present on site during the work are two engineers from Massachusetts based Crandalls, whose officials came down in 2011 at the request of the Shipyard to conduct an assessment of the facility, said Robinson.
Crandalls officials issued a report at the time recommending things to be rectified and improved at the shipyard and among the recommendations was for the complete replacement of the 30-year old hauling chains that have lacked proper maintenance over the years.
Robinson said the two Crandalls engineers are also providing assistance for the repair work, in addition to giving advice on the job for shipyard staff.
"Crandalls engineers are very impressed with the high quality and commitment of our staff and very pleased with the work,” Robinson said.
“Work on the chain installation is almost completed and the rest of the work on this project— that includes upgrades on other parts of the shipyard— is expected to be completed next week,” he said, adding that survey work by a local surveyor is also being conducted for the shipyard.
Besides the chain installation, the shipyard crew also worked on upgrading the platform as well as repairs to some old equipment damaged over the years due to the lack of proper and ongoing maintenance, he said.
And while on island, the Crandalls engineers also looked at a site in the shipyard compound with the surveyor to build a smaller 1,000-ton slipway that is to be funded with $2.5 million Capital Improvement Project money, which the governor has “graciously” approved for the shipyard.
“We’ve asked Crandalls to supply and build the smaller 1,000 ton slipway which will be used for smaller longliners— about two at a time, while the bigger slipway will be used for purse seiners,” he said and noted that construction work on the smaller slipway will begin anytime that CIP money is available with Crandalls currently drawing the design.
Meanwhile, Tri Marine International board chairman and president Renato Curto and his team carried out a site visit at the shipyard while they were on island over the weekend.
“We invited them to visit the shipyard and look at the upgrades that we are doing so they are comfortable that we are capable of looking after their nine vessels based here,” said Robinson. “Mr. Curto is very pleased to see that we’ve already started on the improvements.”
He also said the governor is being kept abreast of all developments and events happening at the shipyard.
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