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Maritime Construction Facilities in the Gulf Coast

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

There are a number of maritime construction facilities throughout the Gulf Coast region but the facilities at Leevac are second to none. From their well-equipped CAD engineering department to their state-of-the-art indoor fabrication shops complete with an automated NC cutting table, panel line, CNC pipe fabricator – they provide everything needed to get the job done quickly, efficiently and safely.

There are a number of maritime construction facilities throughout the Gulf Coast region but the facilities at Leevac are second to none. From their well-equipped CAD engineering department to their state-of-the-art indoor fabrication shops complete with an automated NC cutting table, panel line, CNC pipe fabricator – they provide everything needed to get the job done quickly, efficiently and safely.
 

With more than 130,000 square feet of covered fabrication shops, there are virtually no weather delays to hold up maritime construction projects. And with the latest equipment available in their shops, they are able to proficiently build the high quality panels and modules that drive both their production line and automated pipe shop. Once the modules are built, their 200 ton module transporter allows them to lift and move units quickly and safely throughout the yard.
 

Their warehouse complex features more than 30,000 square feet, allowing them to store all critical project-specific long lead items – as well as stock items needed in their day-to-day operations.

They have more than 2,000 feet of wet dock area with 40 feet of water in the river – allowing for great versatility in the marketplace. To date, Leevac has built and launched marine equipment of up to 500 feet in length – and their launch system is capable of spanning up to 700 feet in length if needed.
 

In addition, they have an 8,000 square feet pipe shop that houses the latest in automated CNC pipe equipment – allowing their craftsmen to prefab and spool pipe indoors then transfer to the vessel for installation.
 

All of these maritime construction facilities and features greatly enhance their employees’ ability to "Make It Happen" for their clients – keeping the Leevac commitment of delivering a quality product on time and on budget a reality.
 

In September 2010, Leevac opened another Louisiana vessel repair facility, located on nine acres in Lake Charles, Louisiana in the Port of Lake Charles LNG plant turning basin. This facility, known formally as Leevac Shipyards Lake Charles, LLC, allows them to better meet the vessel repair and conversion needs of their customers. Located 17 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, their Lake Charles shipyard has no restrictions coming from the Gulf, with all deepwater access including deepwater at the docks. The ship repair facility features more than 11,000 feet of waterfront, plus a 3,500-ton floating drydock measuring 300 feet long and 64 feet between wing walls. Focused on topside repair and drydocking, their Lake Charles facility also provides two cranes with a capacity of 165 tons, full support equipment and available potable water. The vessel repair facility also features a yard that is 100% concrete and asphalt.
 

In addition to their Lake Charles ship repair facility, their company offers further repair and conversion services at Leevac South (the former SBA Shipyard). This yard is located 2.5 miles south of the main Leevac shipyard on the Mermentau River near Jennings, Louisiana. The Leevac South yard features a graving dock capable of handling vessels up to 400 feet in length and 80 feet in width. Measuring 500 feet by 250 feet, this graving dock also has a capacity of 15,000 tons. Twenty-five miles below the Leevac South facility, the Mermentau River intersects the Intracoastal Canal at mile marker 202 – providing direct passage to the Gulf of Mexico.
 

Leevac offers a full range of vessel repair and conversion services, including the latest in marine paint products and techniques, sandblasting, steel replacement, mechanical repairs and upgrades, electrical repairs and upgrades – as well as warehousing services. In addition, they offer gas free services, which include the cleaning of tanks on barges and tank vessels.
 

Along with well equipped facilities and a wide range of services, Leevac provides a team of highly skilled craftsmen dedicated to vessel repair and conversion. Some of their employees are third and fourth generation Louisiana shipbuilders, providing their customers with decades of hands-on experience and expertise in maritime construction. In addition, all of their vessel conversions, modifications and repairs are supported by their in-house engineering department. Their staff of engineers includes pipe designers, structural steel designers, electrical engineers, HVAC specialists and a naval architect. Their ship engineering and design department stays in close communication with their repair and conversion personnel in order to ensure the quality of their work as well as adherence to all codes, federal regulations and safety requirements.
 

Leevac has a great deal of experience in the repair and conversion of a wide variety of vessels and barges utilized throughout the maritime industry. Their experience in this area includes a number of highly specialized projects including converting supply boats to be used in the United States drug interdiction program, as well as modifying supply boats for military sealift command used to escort U.S. nuclear submarines.

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