Continental Maritime of San Diego, Inc. (CMSD)
Continental Maritime of San Diego, Inc. (CMSD) is a certified Master Ship Repair Contractor (MSRC) with the US Navy. Continental is one of the principal SRA providers to the U.S. Navy. We have accomplished hundreds of ship repair contracts for the Navy and Military Sealift Command including Regular Overhaul (ROH), New Threat Upgrade (NTU), Selected Restricted Availability (SRA), and Drydock SRA (DSRA).
Continental has also accomplished emergent repair on all types of major surface vessels including CVN, CV, CGN, CG, DDG, DD, and FFG, and all types of amphibious ships including LHD, LHA, LSD, LPD, LPH, and auxiliary ships. Continental's experience includes numerous drydocking availabilities since 1983, using the San Diego NAVSTA graving dock and USS Steadfast floating drydock. Work included repairs and alterations to a wide range of Combatant Systems (CS), Hull, Mechanical and Electrical (HM&E), and Habitability (HAB).
Continental Maritime of San Diego, the Northrop Grumman Newport News subsidiary that provides expert services in fleet maintenance. This West Coast business employs about 600 employees, the vast majority of whom work in trades. As part of Northrop Grumman Newport News, Continental Maritime employees are involved in enhanced safety efforts, lean initiatives and training. They also describe a commitment to recording their processes.
The San Diego Bay was once known as the tuna industry capital of the nation and home to one of the world's largest and most successful tuna fishing fleets. This industry was one of the largest employers in the area and some notable San Diego leaders are their descendants. Most of the employees lived and worked in the south bay communities. Historical research indicates that the Continental Maritime site was originally used for tuna cannery operations as early as 1912, by the Premier Packing Company. The Westgate Company purchased the former Van Camp (Premier Packing Co.) operation and buildings on the current Continental Maritime property. When Van Camp sold the buildings to Westgate, it removed almost all of the machinery on site. In 2004 Continental Maritime Industries demolished the original factory, which used to house all operations of the tuna canning industry. As part of this demolition, Continental Maritime salvaged and set aside many objects that were once used for the cannery operation or a part of the property.
Continental Maritime stretches across 14 acres of land and 18 acres of water below the Coronado Bridge in San Diego. Employees work well beyond these boundaries on numerous ships. A summer visit to the shipyard revealed employees working on nearly a dozen and half ships. USS Shiloh. USS Tarawa. USS Cleveland. USS Boxer. USS Decatur. USS Rushmore.
Continental Maritime and other West Coast shipyards, such as Southwest Marine and National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, work together on these naval vessels under a teaming agreement. From these local shipyards to the naval bases, Continental Maritime employees work in many locations across San Diego. Sometimes they work beyond the city taking part in jobs with Newport News employees.
Newport News Shipbuilding (NNS), Va., announced 18 December 1997 that it had purchased Continental Maritime Industries of San Diego, Calif. Continental Maritime operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of NNS, focusing on repair programs for the Navy's West Coast fleet. The acquisition allows NNS to broaden its services to the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier fleet, beginning with John C. Stennis (CVN 74), which became the first nuclear carrier home-ported in San Diego in summer 1998. In 1998 Continental Maritime the eigth largest Depot Maintenance Contractors, doing $51M in business with DOD.
In 2004, Northrop Grumman, Continental Maritime division, successfully implemented a comprehensive waste reduction and recycling program. The program has been so successful that it yielded better returns in its first month than in the prior year. In addition to buying a baler for cardboard and paper, many recycling receptacles were placed throughout the shipyard, vendors were approached to help with recycling, an incentive program was developed for the employees, and "Rapid Improvement Workshops" were created to address the needs of the recycling program.
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