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Portsmouth Shipyard to Get $13M Upgrade

Friday, July 6, 2018

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Portsmouth Naval Shipyard will soon be getting a $13 million upgrade to its dry dock pumping facilities, according to New Hampshire’s U.S. Senators, who announced the contract for the work Tuesday (July 3).

Methuen Construction, of Plaistow, New Hampshire, was awarded the $13.8 million contract for the work at PNS, located in Kittery, Maine, one of four Navy-operated shipyards in the country. The work will include the replacement of three direct-current dewatering pumps with six alternating-current pumps.

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard
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Methuen Construction, of Plaistow, New Hampshire, was awarded the $13.8 million contract for work on Dry Dock 2 at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. 

In addition to the replacement of the pumps themselves, the contractor will oversee masonry repairs to the main dewatering tunnel, repairing brick work and repointing mortar joints. The rehab job will also involve architectural repairs inside the facility, restoring masonry walls to historic standards; 50 of the shipyard’s buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The upgrades to Dry Dock 2 are meant to improve the function of the dock, which facilitates work on submarines at PNS.

Shipyard Disrepair

The state of the Navy’s shipyards has been in question recently after the Government Accountability Office issued a report last fall calling the four facilities’ condition “poor” and calculating that the backlog of work created due to the shipyards’ disrepair comes at a cost of $4.86 billion.

PNS, according to the GAO, has delivered work on time only 34 percent of the time over the past 16 years.

The four Navy shipyards are utilized for repairs and refurbishment; new ships are built by contractors, chiefly Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, which is the Navy’s sole designer and builder of aircraft carriers. General Dynamics Electric Boat is the primary supplier of submarines.


Tagged categories: Government contracts; Marine; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Shipyards; U.S. Navy

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