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NORSHIPCO (Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation)

NORSHIPCO (Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation) is a subsidiary of United States Marine Repair, Inc. (USMR), America's largest non-nuclear ship repair, modernization, conversion and overhaul company. NORSHIPCO has served the world fleet as a fully integrated shipyard for the non-nuclear repair, modernization and conversion of all types of vessels, and as of early 1998 employed about 2,200 people.

NORSHIPCO is located in the Port of Hampton Roads. The channel of 1,000 feet (305m) has a controlling depth of 45 feet (13.7m). Average annual temperature range, 68F (20C) maximum to 50.6F (10C) minimum. This is an ice-free harbor sheltered from principal storm tracks. The facility stretches over 110 acres on the Southern Branch of the Elizabeth River with frontage of approximately 5,000 feet (1,542m).

From its inception in 1915, NORSHIPCO has evolved as the largest and most capable private sector ship repair company on the East Coast. Having served the Navy through both World Wars, Korea, and many other conflicts, NORSHIPCO continues its tradition of ship repair work at its facility located in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1970, a plan was adopted to upgrade and modernize the yard's facilities to provide greater capabilities and service to our commercial and government customers. A major focus of the plan was the acquisition of the TITAN drydock (950 feet x 160 feet) and the construction of the attendant pier and services.

In 1998 NORSHIPCO was acquired by United States Marine Repair, Inc. USMR is owned by The Carlyle Group, a Washington, DC-based private investment firm. With the acquisition of NORSHIPCO, the company now operates five shipyards located on all three coasts of the United States - the West and East Coasts, as well as the Gulf Coast. The United States Government has been and continues to be one of NORSHIPCO's major customers. The March 1992 edition of "THE GOVERNMENT CONTRACTOR" cited NORSHIPCO as one of the "Top 100" defense contractors.

Contracts awarded during the year 1998 included a $25,052,949 cost-plus-award-fee contract for the repair, overhaul, and upgrade of the Navy ammunition ship USNS Shasta (T-AE-33), as well as a $13,160,652 fixed-price-plus-award-fee contract for the modification, dry-docking, maintenance, repair and conversion of the USNS Waters and the deactivation of the USNS Vandguard. In September of 1998, MSC ordered NORSHIPCO to stop work on USNS SHASTA after a protest by National Steel and Shipbuilding Company in San Diego, Calif. The decision to award the work to NORSHIPCO by MSC was reviewed and upheld by the GAO, and the stop-work order was lifted on 1-5-99. It was determined that NORSHIPCO delivered the best-evaluated bid, which offered the best value to the government. Preparations to accomplish the conversion and repair of the vessel were resumed.

Contracts awarded during the year 1999 included a $20,880,064 firm-fixed-price, performance-fee contract for USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) regular overhaul which includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modification which update and improve the ship's military and technical capabilities. NORSHIPCO was also awarded awarded a $12,849,587 fixed-price contract for an extended drydocking selected restricted availability of USS LEYTE GULF (CG 55). Work includes miscellaneous structural, electrical and mechanical repairs, and shipalts to include drydocking the vessel. The $5,910,187 fixed-price agreement with options, for drydock selected restricted availability of USS HALYBURTON (FFG 40) included miscellaneous structural, electrical and mechanical repairs, as well as alterations that require the drydocking of the vessel. And the $7,484,328 firm-fixed price job order for the service craft overhaul of SHIPPINGPORT (ARDM 4) involved drydocking of the ship to allow scheduled maintenance to hull and ballast tanks.

In December 1999 Associated Naval Architects, Inc., Portsmouth, Va. (ANA); Davis Boat Works, Newport News, Va (DBW); and NORSHIPCO were each awarded an indefinite-deliver/indefinite-quantity, multiple award contract. The potential combined value of task orders to be issued against the three contracts is $52,500,000. Each of the contractors will provide marine services and industrial support for patrol coastal class ships and manned boats and craft, or their associated systems.

In June 2000 NORSHIPCO and Metro Machine Corporation agreed to enter into a teaming arrangement, enabling the two companies to heighten the level of services provided to the United States Navy. This teaming arrangement will provide the Navy with the private sector capability and capacity in the Norfolk homeport to accomplish the large complex ship repair jobs, while simultaneously performing other scheduled Navy ship repair work. As a result, the ship crews will not have to leave Norfolk to have work performed in shipyards located outside of the ship's homeport area.

Contracts awarded during the year 2000 included a $9,760,302 fixed-price contract for a phased maintenance fixed price availability of the USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) under job order 0120, with work including miscellaneous structural, electrical and mechanical repairs and ship alterations. NORSHIPCO was also awarded a $15,780,109 firm-fixed-price performance fee contract for the Extended Docking Selected Restricted Availability (EDSRA) of USS Normandy (CG-60). An EDSRA includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship's military and technical capabilities.

Contracts awarded during the year 2001 included a $6,186,390 firm-fixed-price contract for the Drydocking Selected Restricted Availability of USS Simpson (FFG 56) consisting of both drydock and non-drydock related repairs, and a $10,275,479 fixed-price contract for the Restricted Selective Docking Availability of the USS Anzio (CG-68).

The M/V SSG Edward A. Carter, Jr. (T-AK 4544) was named during a pier side ceremony and reception at Norfolk Shipbuilding & Drydock Corporation (NORSHIPCO) on June 12, 2001. The 950-foot ship arrived at NORSHIPCO on March 1, 2001, and underwent a conversion from a commercial container ship to a self-sustaining, prepositioning Army ammunition container ship, capable of carrying 2,500 20-foot containers. Prepositioning ships are stationed around the world near potential conflict sites, where there is a need for quick availability of military equipment. The ship was delivered to MSC on June 13, 2001. NORSHIPCO also performed the conversion on the Carter's sister ship, M/V Lt. Col. John U.D. Page.



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