The Triton

Marinas and Shipyards

Bay Ship & Yacht opens dry dock

ADVERTISEMENT

Bay Ship & Yacht Co., a service, refit and new construction yard in the San Francisco area, has opened a new covered dry dock that can accommodate vessels up to 6,300 tons, more than doubling its lift capacity.



Currently the only dry dock on the U.S. West Coast to be enclosed by a retractable roof, this new facility is a conversion of the submersible Hughes Mining Barge (HMB-1), which played a role in a covert Cold War operation.



According to CIA documents declassified in 2012, the HMB-1 was built in the 1970s by the U.S. Navy as part of Project Azorian, a top-secret plan to salvage the Soviet submarine K-129, which sank while reportedly carrying three nuclear-armed ballistic missiles, from the floor of the Pacific Ocean.



The ruggedly built HMB-1 was designed to submerge to 160 feet and sit on the seabed during the transfer of heavy equipment required to retrieve the sub. After Project Azorian’s conclusion, the HMB-1 was transferred to Lockheed Martin, where it became a floating dry dock for the Navy’s experimental 164-foot Swath vessel Sea Shadow, a test bed for stealth technology.



Today, the HMB-1 dry dock, which has a 69-foot-high retractable roof, offers Bay Ship & Yacht customers a covered environment for service, repair and refit projects, including paint projects. Maximum beam is 76 feet.

In addition to the new covered dry dock, Bay Ship & Yacht also offers a Syncrolift and rail transfer system with a hauling capacity of 1,200 tons.



For more information, visit www.bay-ship.com.

Related Articles

Christensen in talks with Westport to buy yard

Christensen in talks with Westport to buy yard

Vancouver-based Christensen Shipyards is in talks with Florida-based Westport Yachts to sell the shipyard and real estate, which will then finish several yachts still in build, according to a story …

Sea Sick: Pneumonia is not contagious, but its sources are

Sea Sick: by Keith Murray We have all heard of pneumonia, but how many people really know what pneumonia is? Is it contagious? How can we treat it? Can it be fatal? The American Lung …

Sea-Fire nixes HFC-based equipment

Sea-Fire nixes HFC-based equipment

Sea-Fire Europe recently announced it will no longer distribute equipment that uses HFCs (hydroflourocarbons). HFCs are a group of man-made gaseous agents that adversely impact the environment. …

Crew Eye: In the galley with Chef Velez

Crew Eye: In the galley with Chef Velez

One way to test a chef during a job interview is to have him prepare a treat. Chef Enrique Velez created apple cinnamon Indian samosas on board M/Y Clarity in March to highlight some of his …

First gate delivered for giant sea lock in Netherlands

The first of three gates for what is being billed as “the largest sea lock in the world,” currently under construction at the entrance of the North Sea Canal at IJmuiden, Netherlands, has been …

Condolences for the people of Nice after attack

Condolences for the people of Nice after attack

The Triton offers thoughts and prayers for the people of in Nice, France after 84 people were killed last night (July 14) when a man drove a truck into a crowd at Bastille Day fireworks. More than …

Comments