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Ingalls Shipbuilding Reopens East Bank Facility

Monday, June 15, 2020

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Earlier this month, Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division announced that it had completed the reactivation of Pier Four on the east bank of the Pascagoula River in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

The news comes nearly 15 years after the site was decimated by Hurricane Katrina.

About the Project

Founded in 1938, the East Bank is reported to have been the original home of Ingalls Shipbuilding. After the devastating events of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Ingalls announced over a decade later April 2018 that work was slated to begin to facility back to life.

“This restoration and modernization project demonstrates our commitment to continuously enhancing our shipbuilding facilities to increase capability and ensure future growth,” Ingalls Shipbuilding President Brian Cuccias said.

Huntington Ingalls Industries

Earlier this month, Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Ingalls Shipbuilding division announced that it had completed the reactivation of Pier Four on the east bank of the Pascagoula River in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

Costing in excess of $100 million, reconstruction efforts involved the clearing over 100,000 tons of concrete that the hurricane had previously destroyed. The concrete was then recycled and used to construct a road base on the East Bank.

Other reconstruction efforts of the 187-acre East Bank facility involved safety improvements and the construction of storage facilities and pier restoration as to optimize ship assembly. Additionally, all interior and exterior lighting in the facility is equipped with LED technology.

During the reconstruction process, construction crews were also able to salvage historical features from the original site, including all of the bricks from a 1930′s guard house, in addition to a concrete slab with shipyard founder Robert Ingalls Sr.’s carved initials.

“We are proud to see more of our workforce, and our customers, moving back into the heart of the city of Pascagoula,” said Cuccias.

“In reopening the east bank, we celebrate the 80-plus year legacy of those Ingalls shipbuilders who came before us, and look forward to continuing Ingalls’ legacy of building the finest ships in the world for decades to come.”

The official reopening was complete when Ingalls moved U.S. Navy destroyer Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) to Pier Four. The Delbert D. Black and its crew will remain on the East Bank until the ship sails away from Ingalls later this year.

The East Bank facility will support Ingalls’ construction and modernization programs, and prepares the company for future work, including next-generation amphibious assault ships and surface warfare ships.

Recent Ship Restorations

Last year, SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings announced at the tail end of April that it was awarding Barton International (Glens Falls, New York) and Mid-Atlantic Coatings Inc. (Chesapeake, Virginia), in addition to the U.S. Navy and Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings, with its SSPC Military Coatings Project Award of Excellence.

The award was given for the exceptional coatings work and collaboration completed on nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). The ship is 1,092 feet long, 257 feet wide and 244 feet high; It was christened in 1990 and commissioned in July 1992.

As part of the vessel’s multi-year midlife refueling and complex overhaul, the coating project took place at the Huntington Ingalls Industries shipyard in Newport News, Virginia. Work on the project began in August 2017, with development plans already in the works two years prior.

In 2018, the same award was given to the USS Missouri Battleship project, undertaken by Pacific Shipyards International with coatings supplied by PPG Protective and Marine, for owner USS Missouri Memorial Association Inc.

The “Mighty Mo” was restored with a complete recoating as well as structural steel repairs. The ship, more than 75 years old, served until 1992 and is known as the site of the surrender of the Empire of Japan to end World War II.


Tagged categories: Completed projects; Historic Preservation; Historic Structures; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Restoration; Ships and vessels

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