Halter Moss Point Shipyard
Moss Point, Mississippi
Halter Marine is the leading US commercial shipbuilder and one of the top builders in the world of mid-sized ocean-going vessels. Halter's vessel designs can be found in virtually all facets of the maritime industry, and its US shipyards have built more than 2,600 vessels - more than any other shipbuilder in the world. Halter is one of today's most diverse and successful U.S. Navy shipbuilders, which has completed almost a billion dollars of successful shipbuilding contracts within budget and on or ahead of schedule for the US Navy, Army, NASA, and Air Force and other branches of the US Department of Defense.
The detail design and ship construction contract for the first two T-AGS 60 Class Oceanographer Survey Ships was awarded to Halter Marine, Inc., Moss Point, MS on January 30, 1991. The contract included an option for a third ship which was exercised on May 29, 1992. A separate procurement for a fourth ship was awarded to Halter Marine, Inc., on October 20, 1994. This contract also includes options for two additional ships. The T-AGS 60 class ships are multi-mission oceanographic vessels capable of effectively performing operations satisfying a broad spectrum of oceanographic requirements. The T-AGS 60 class is designed and constructed to commercial standards and coplies with American Bureau of Shipping, U.S. Coast Guard, other regulatory body requirements for unrestricted ocean service.
In October 1994 Halter Marine was awarded a $46,984,379 firm-fixed-price contract for the detail design and construction of the T-AGS 63 oceanographic survey ship, Provision Technical Documentation (PTD), technical manuals, and associated data. Work was performed in Moss Point, Mississippi, and was expected to be completed by January 1998. In January 1997 Halter Marine was awarded a $51,686,293 modification to previously awarded contract N00024-95-C-2301 to exercise an option for construction of the FY 97 Oceanographic Research Ship, T-AGS 64. Work was performed in Moss Point, Miss., and was expected to be completed by January 2000. In December 1998 Halter Marine was awarded a $53,618,360 firm-fixed-price contract option for construction of the FY 99 Oceanographic Survey Ship T-AGS 65 and associated supplies and services. Work was performed in Moss Point, Miss., and was expected to be completed by November 2001. The U.S. Navy's oceanographic survey ship, USNS Bruce C. Heezen (T-AGS 64), was christened 25 March 1999 during a ceremony at Halter Marine Shipyard, Moss Point, MS. Bruce C. Heezen is the last of five ships in the Pathfinder class.
In May 2001 Halter Marine was awarded a $26,748,852 modification to firm-fixed-price contract DAAE07-01-C-T018 for one logistics support vessel with associated hardware, software, testing and logistics. The contract also includes options for the acquisition of two additional vessels. Work will be performed in Moss Point, Miss., and is expected to be completed by Dec. 31, 2003. A request for proposal was solicited on Nov. 6, 2000, and three bids were received. The U.S. Army Tank-Automotive & Armaments Command, Warren, Mich., is the contracting activity.
Halter Marine Group has delivered more Oceanographic, Surveillance and Research ships than any other shipbuilder in the world. This unsurpassed experience has resulted in ships that provide the most modern oceanographic capabilities, whatever the requirement, in coastal or deep ocean applications. These vessels perform physical, chemical and biological oceanography; oceanographic, acoustic and geophysical data collection; multi-disciplined environmental investigations; ocean engineering and marine geology and geophysics; and bathymetric, gravimetric and magnetometric surveying. Halter is also high experienced in the design and construction of Anti-Submarine Warfare/Ocean Surveillance ships. From the complex SWATH Underwater Surveillance ship to the Aerostat Surface Surveillance ship, Halter vessels provide the capability to monitor what lies above and below the ocean's surface.
Militaries of the world count on Halter to design and produce the most extensive variety of Logistics Support solutions. Transportation and landing of cargo or personnel, replenishment or power generation at sea, operations platforms, mobile headquarters or hospitals, search, rescue, salvage and offshore towing are just some of the solutions provided by Halter. These solutions are transformed into specific products designed to meet the particular needs of each customer. Helicopter facilities, mother ship capabilities and transport and stowage of causeways are other examples of their versatility. Halter Logistics Support Vessels are highly adaptable to meet the needs of troop or civilian transport, training, inter-island transport and ferry service. They regularly provide Civil Defense support during catastrophes and natural disasters.
Halter berthing barges accommodate from a few to a few thousand people. These vessels offer messing, berthing, locker and shower facilities. They also provide recreation and exercise rooms, libraries, administrative and training rooms on a temporary basis to displaced personnel. Non-propelled crane barges and self-propelled crane vessels provide heavy lift capability to meet logistics needs. Capabilities from a few tons to several thousand tons are available in floating platforms. They include crew accommodations or can be strictly work platforms. Tugs and pushboats are available in sizes from a few hundred to over twenty thousand horsepower, providing bollard pulls in excess of 200 tons through controllable pitch, conventional, Z-drive, nozzles or cycloidal propulsion systems. These boats can be manufactured for open ocean, coastal or river operations.
Friede Goldman Halter, Inc. ("FGH") is a world leader in the design and construction of equipment for the maritime and offshore energy industries. Formerly Friede Goldman International, Inc. ("FGI"), the company's name was changed to FGH effective with the merger with Halter Marine Group, Inc. ("HMG") on November 3, 1999. FGH is a holding company which conducts substantially all of its operations through its subsidiaries.
The company's Vessels segment is the largest builder of small to medium-sized ocean- going vessels in the United States. Services provided by the Vessels segment include the design, new construction and conversion of ocean-going vessels including offshore service vessels ("OSV's"), cargo ships double hull tank barges, oceanographic research and survey ships, high speed patrol boats, ferries, tug boats, tow boats and all types and sizes of barges. Customers of the Vessels segment consist of offshore energy service companies, marine transportation companies, domestic and foreign governments and other commercial enterprises. During August 2000, the company disposed of the "repair division operations" of the Vessels segment.
The largest customer of the Vessels segment has historically been the U.S. Government, for which FGH constructs several types of vessels, including logistics craft, oceanographic survey and research ships and patrol boats. Oceanographic survey and research ships range in length from 200 feet to 350 feet and range in price from $50.0 million to $70.0 million. In addition to the U. S. Government, FGH builds vessels for foreign governments, primarily fast patrol craft. FGH has also built passenger/vehicle ferries for governmental operators on all three U.S. Coasts. These vessels range in length from 90 feet to 400 feet and range in price from $1.0 million to $75.0 million.
The Vessels segment is headquartered within the corporate headquarters in Gulfport, Mississippi. The engineering headquarters for the Vessels segment is located one-half mile from the corporate headquarters and contains approximately 33,600 square feet of office space, including a separate secure space for classified work. The Vessels segment operates six shipyards principally dedicated to the new construction of marine vessels, although several of these facilities also can perform work for our Offshore and Engineered Products segments.
Covered Fabrication Vessels -- New Construction Area Own (Square or Property Name and Location Footage) Lease --------------------------- ----------- ----- Halter Pascagoula Shipyard Pascagoula, Mississippi...................................... 220,000 Own Halter Moss Point Shipyard Moss Point, Mississippi...................................... 121,665 Own Moss Point Marine Shipyard Escatawpa, Mississippi....................................... 75,000 Own Gulfport Shipyards (2 facilities) Gulfport, Mississippi........................................ 554,500 Own Port Bienville Shipyard Pearlington, Mississippi..................................... 15,000 Own Lockport Shipyard Lockport, Louisiana.......................................... 97,000 Own
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