Northwest Marine Gets $1.4-Million Contract

Northwest Marine Iron Works, Portland, Ore., ship repair firm, has been awarded a $1.4-million contract to link the forward and aft sections of a ship that now is undergoing major conversion at the Port of Portland's Swan Island Ship Repair Yard.

The vessel, S/S Sister Katingo, is being converted from a conventional tanker to a cryogenic carrier designed to haul anhydrous ammonia from the Kenai Peninsula in Alaska to Portland. The ship will replace the barge Kenai, which sank in Alaskan waters two years ago.

Northwest Marine Iron Works previously was awarded a $13-million contract to reconstruct the aft section of the Sister Katingo. The forebody is under construction at Todd Shipyards, San Pedro, Calif., and will be towed to Portland following completion. Joining of the two sections is scheduled to begin in June, according to W. James Butler, vice president of Northwest Marine. The job will require 39 working days on the Port's drydock No. 3, and 180 persons will be employed on the project, he said.

The Swan Island Ship Repair Yard is one of the few publicly owned yards in the country. Facilities owned by the Port are leaseid to local private contractors, and the actual ship repair work is awarded on a competitive bid basis.

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