Horizon Lines Vessel Sets Sail After Drydocking at Brooklyn Navy Yard
The Brooklyn Navy Yard, once known as America’s premier shipbuilding facility, was founded in 1801 and has a storied past. BNY workers over two centuries have built and serviced some of the most historic and innovative vessels for commercial and military use; continually repairing barges, tankers, bulk carriers and breakbulk vessels. Containerships represent the newest technology afloat and the workers at the Brooklyn Navy Yard can certainly handle drydocking on these vessels.
“The Brooklyn Navy Yard was the ideal maintenance partner for the PRODUCER because of its location, proximity to the vessel’s
“Horizon Lines takes pride in operating the very real assets – ships, cranes, trucks and equipment – that are vital links in the U.S. economy. To see one of our vessels sail under the Brooklyn Bridge is a great reminder of our responsibility to the people we serve throughout the continental U.S.,
In drydocking, a ship is removed from the water so that work can be performed on the hull exterior below the waterline. While the vessel is idle, engine room maintenance and other interior tasks can also be performed. The entire process is labor-intensive. To prepare for the drydock, keel blocks are set into position. Lines are readied and used by men dockside to steady the vessel. A qualified dock master supervises the operation. Dock-based winches are usually used to position the ship in the dock – the most dangerous time occurring when support for the ship transfers from water buoyancy to drydock blocks.
Containerships, like all ships, go into drydock periodically – in most cases twice every five years – for required underwater surveys of the hull, hull components and propeller. The underwater portion of the hull is usually painted and all required repairs are completed. During this drydock period, the engines, turbines and boilers are shutdown for survey, repair and modernization as well. When done correctly, routine drydockings can significantly prolong the life and viability of a ship.
Despite the cold and wintery weather challenges over the past several weeks, the Brooklyn Navy Yard completed work on the PRODUCER in time for the vessel to cross New York Harbor into
The PRODUCER is one of 35 Jones Act containerships in existence, 16 of which are in the Horizon Lines fleet. Jones Act carriers ply the domestic waterborne trades of
The Jones Act requires that all cargo sailing from one U.S. port to another U.S. port, either directly or via a foreign port, must sail on a vessel that is U.S. crewed, owned and built. For more than 200 years, the Jones Act and its predecessor statutes have served the U.S. and its citizens well, providing jobs for American seafarers and workers; safe, efficient, and environmentally responsible service for U.S. shippers.
Comment from Brooklyn Borough President
“The Brooklyn success story is in no small part due to the contributions of our waterfront and the men and women who have labored on its docks and along its shores.
About Horizon Lines
Horizon Lines, Inc. is the nation’s leading domestic ocean shipping and integrated logistics company comprised of two primary operating subsidiaries. Horizon Lines, LLC own or lease a fleet of 21 U.S.-flag containerships and 5 port terminals linking the continental
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