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Louisiana is Maritime Construction Leader in USA

Posted to US Gulf Coast Shipyards (by on November 21, 2012

To inhabitants of the Gulf Coast it’s an industry known all too well, but for those somewhat foreign to the concept, shipbuilding, maritime construction, and maritime engineering is rather a novelty. One company in Louisiana is making great strides to build the industry into a common household conversation topic.

To inhabitants of the Gulf Coast it’s an industry known all too well, but for those somewhat foreign to the concept, shipbuilding, maritime construction, and maritime engineering is rather a novelty. One company in Louisiana is making great strides to build the industry into a common household conversation topic.
 

Leevac’s maritime construction shipyard in Louisiana and new vessel construction facilities include an 85,000-square-foot computerized steel fabrication shop (with a computer-aided plasma cutting machine), a computerized pipe machine (three-axis pipe cutting system) and an 8000-square-foot pipe shop that allows their craftsmen to prefab and spool pipe indoors.
 

Leevac's facilities also include a warehouse complex featuring more than 30,000 square feet of storage space. Leevac’s heavy equipment includes three crawler cranes with capacity up to 230 tons, as well as 10 overhead cranes and eight track cranes. They have the capability to safely and efficiently transport modules weighing up to 200 tons utilizing a specialized transport vehicle. In addition, the Leevac ship yard facilities feature a dry dock, a graving dock, more than 2,000 feet of wet dock area with 40 feet of water in the river and a one side launch-way.
 

Since its inception, Leevac has served virtually every aspect of the commercial maritime construction industry. However, their company's core business is the design and fabrication of offshore supply vessels and offshore platform vessels. Leevac has the capabilities to build these specialized vessels ranging from 160 feet to 300 feet in length, with hull widths from 45 to 60 feet and hull depths up to 26 feet. These vessels are built to international specifications and have been deployed worldwide. Leevac’s vessels also meet all safety requirements and regulations including the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), United States Coast Guard (USCG), International Maritime Organization (IMO), Bureau Veritas (BV), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), firefighting (FIFI) organizations, the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), and other pertinent regulatory needs. In addition, they have a naval architect on staff to help ensure that all safety and certification requirements are met.
 

“Our company's specific offshore oilfield industry experience ranges from building standard supply boat configuration vessels for well stimulation to remote operated vehicles (ROV), cable reel applications, deployment vessels, dive vessels, lightering support vessels, seismic vessels, anchor handling vessels and towing vessels, among others.”
 

Leevac also has significant experience and capabilities with specialized vessels and technologies including dynamic positioning (DP1, DP2, DP3), diesel electric vessels, methanol systems, liquid mud, bulk mud, Z-drives, split rudder systems, multi-point monitor systems, polar class, fiber optic wiring and advanced painting technologies. In addition to building steel-hulled vessels, Leevac has the capabilities for aluminum fabrication as well.
 

Leevac has maintained its position as one of the most productive and profitable shipyards of its size in the United States due to their ability to deliver quality work on time and on budget. Leevac successfully survived the decline of the oilfield service industry in the 1980's by diversifying their capabilities into other industries – and they are well positioned to provide strong operating results well into the 21st century.