Princess Cruises and BAE Systems San
Francisco Ship Repair will invest $5 million to upgrade a floating
drydock at the Port of San Francisco's Pier 70, making it the
largest repair drydock on the West Coast, the port said.
The Port of San
Francisco said that it had reached an agreement with Princess and
BAE to upgrade the facility, named Drydock #2. The work is set to
include improving the stability of the dock and installing
significant structural reinforcements, enabling it to become the
West Coast's only ship repair facility able to accommodate the
megaships in the Pacific region.
executive director, Monique Moyer said in a statement, "With
improved maritime assets, we can compete to attract mega-cruise
ships that previously would not homeport on the West Coast, as well
as cargo ships, tankers, and military vessels."
reserved the San Francisco facility for scheduled hull repairs and
topside renovations on two of its 109,000-ton ships -- the Star
Princess in fall 2008 and the Golden Princess in spring
has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with San Francisco," said
Dean Brown, Princess Cruises executive vice president, in a
statement. "Being able to refit our large ships here on the West
Coast is a big advantage for us."
BAE Systems, a
global defense and aerospace company, is parent company to BAE
Systems Ship Repair, a ship repair, modernization and conversion
company that focuses on drydock and ship repair services for the
U.S. Navy, other defense agencies and commercial customers. The
company lists its major operations in Norfolk, Va., San Diego, San
Francisco and Hawaii.
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