Princess, ship repair firm to upgrade San Francisco pier

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.

The port's 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."

Princess already 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 2009.

"Princess Cruises 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.

To contact the reporter who wrote this article, send e-mail to Johanna Jainchill at [email protected].

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