After slipping from a barge, slamming into some pilings and pounding a dock, the PSS Chemul became wedged underneath an Alabama bridge during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Considerable damage to the vessel requires a considerable overhaul, and local reports indicate that Pemex has contracted Halifax Shipyard, otherwise known as Irving Shipbuilding, for the job.
The refit and rehabilitation contract of the PSS Chemul is worth an estimated $110 million, according to one source close to the operation. Most of the work will be subcontracted, including work that involves thruster installation and the dynamic positioning system.
The Chronicle Herald in Halifax reported that Irving Shipbuilding had submitted a bid for the contract in July 2006, but it was not until recently that it appeared the contract was a done deal.
The vessel had been drydocked at Bender Shipbuilding in Mobile, Alabama.
Halifax Shipyard was unavailable for comment at press time.
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