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Moon Engineering Company [MECO]
3651'08"N 7618'50"E

Moon Engineering Company, Inc. (MECO) is a long established, highly experienced shipyard and industrial service company that is engaged in the complex business of repair, conversion and alteration for both Government and commercial customers. MECO is located in Portsmouth, Virginia on the Elizabeth River in the port of Hampton Roads. MECO is accessible by unobstructed navigable water and is situated beside a major rail terminal. Travel time to Norfolk International Airport is 20 minutes. Travel time to the Interstate Highway System is 10 minutes.

Moon Engineering Company was founded in 1920 on 4 1/2 acres of Elizabeth River waterfront in Norfolk, Virginia by Guy Moon, William F. Jordan and Paul N.Gibbings. The company specializes in commercial ship and industrial repair services. In 1984 MECO purchased additional Elizabeth River waterfront property on Pinners Point in Portsmouth, Virginia. Construction of MECO's new 650' pier was completed in 1985 at the Portsmouth facility. Two ships from the Maritime Administration reserve fleet, the S.S. Lone Star Mariner and the S.S. American Courier, became the first vessels to tie up to the new pier. In 1986 the USS Barney (DDG-6) was overhauled by MECO, the first US Navy ship to be repaired at MECO's new Portsmouth facility. The Barney was followed by in yard repair availabilities for the USS Caloosahatechee (AO-98) and the USS Yorktown (CG-48). MECO's state of the art, modern facility on Pinners Point was formally dedicated 01 November 1986. In 1987 MECO was awarded a five year "Phased Maintenance" contract by the Naval Sea Systems Command for the LSD / LPD class of Navy amphibious vessels. This was the first multi-year contract awarded to the company. MECO repaired and activated nine reserve fleet cargo vessels for the U.S. Maritime Administration in support of peration Desert Storm. In 1993 MECO completed construction on a second pier at the Portsmouth facility which measures 799' in length. The Maritime Administration ship Cape Henry (AKR-5067) became the first vessel to tie up at MECO's newest pier. She was soon followed by the Military Sealift Command ship Joshua Humphreys (T-AO-188).

Early in the Bosnian conflict, the U.S. was called upon to supply sealift capability to move NATO vehicles, ammunition and support equipment to Croatia. Two MarAd RRF ships were called upon to carry NATO's cargo in support of Britain's 24th Air Mobile Brigade. The Cape Race and the Cape Diamond carried more than 92 percent of the total cargo transferred from the U.K. to Croatia. Included were 2,015 military vehicles, 232 containers and 3,629 pallets of breakbulk cargo. In December 1998, the Cape Race was called up again, along with the Cape Rise, to return to Bosnia. MarAd maintains these ships in reduced operating status, with 10-person crews, ready for sailing within four days notice. The Cape Race and Cape Rise were fully crewed and underway within 48 hours. These ships, along with the Cape Ray, are operated for MarAd by Intrepid Ship Management, Inc., and are homeported at Moon Engineering Co., Portsmouth, Va. The Cape R class ships are RoRo vessels with stern and side ramps, permitting wheeled vehicles to be loaded and discharged without cranes. Each has a total of 138,890 sq. ft. of deck space, and four elevators to move cargo between decks. The vessels are 648 ft. (197.5 m) long and 105 ft. (32 m) wide. Operating draft (depending on cargo load) is 25 - 28 ft. (7.6 - 8.5 m) With a service speed of 18 knots, the vessels have an operating range of 21,000 nm. The propulsion plant consists of twin Kawasaki-MAN 14V 52/55 (14,000 hp @ 430 rpm) four-stroke medium speed diesel engines fitted with exhaust gas turbochargers and integral air coolers.

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