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BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards to Build Trailing Suction Hopper Dredge for Weeks Marine

BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Alabama has been selected by Weeks Marine, Inc. to build an 8,500 cubic yard capacity twin screw trailing suction hopper dredge at its Mobile, Alabama facility. Upon completion, dimensions of the vessel will be 356-feet long, 79-feet wide with a draft of 27 feet. Weeks Marine, Inc., which has its dredging headquarters in Covington, Louisiana, is one of the largest providers of dredging services in the United States.

MOBILE, Alabama – BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Alabama has been selected by Weeks Marine, Inc. to build an 8,500 cubic yard capacity twin screw trailing suction hopper dredge at its Mobile, Alabama facility. Upon completion, dimensions of the vessel will be 356-feet long, 79-feet wide with a draft of 27 feet. Weeks Marine, Inc., which has its dredging headquarters in Covington, Louisiana, is one of the largest providers of dredging services in the United States.

This will be a state-of-the art trailing suction hopper dredge and the first designed by IHC Merwede to be built in the United States. IHC Merwede, located in The Netherlands, is a world leader in the design and construction of advanced dredging equipment.

Gibbs & Cox, one of nation’s leading independent naval architecture and engineering firms, will provide functional engineering and detailed production support during dredge construction.
Senior Vice President and Division Manager of Weeks Marine, Eric Ellefsen, said: “We pride ourselves in being a leader in the dredging industry. We are dedicated to building and operating the most technologically advanced and environmentally sensitive equipment in the marketplace and are pleased to engage in this project partnered with BAE Systems and IHC Merwede. The expansion of our dredging fleet demonstrates Weeks Marine’s commitment to better serving our customer base and enhancing the overall capabilities and capacity of the U.S. dredging industry. When completed, this vessel will create over 35 permanent full-time jobs in the U.S. marketplace.”

Director and General Manager of BAE Systems Southeast Shipyards Alabama, Victor Rhoades, said: “This is an exciting and positive opportunity for us. The Weeks Marine team has done a terrific job of working with us through the many details necessary to get a project like this put together. Award of the dredge is strategically important to our efforts to become an innovative leader in the commercial new construction market. We are very fortunate to have Weeks Marine, IHC Merwede and Gibbs & Cox as the key participants in completing the project. The production engineering and material procurement process will begin immediately followed by the initial cutting of steel starting in early 2012. Delivery is scheduled for January 2014. In Mobile, we anticipate this contract will lead to an additional 150 jobs at the facility over the life of the contract.”

About Weeks Marine
Originally founded in 1919, Weeks Marine, Inc. has grown into one of the leading marine contracting organizations in North America providing dredging, construction, marine transportation, stevedoring, heavy lift and salvage, equipment chartering and tunneling
services. The company also has operations in Hawaii and Guam with wholly owned subsidiary Healy Tibbetts and with the recent acquisition of McNally International, the leading tunnel and marine contracting organization in Canada, the company continues to diversify and expand its areas of influence. Weeks Marine was recently ranked 86th on the Engineering News-Record 2011 top 400 contractors list. Since entering the dredging industry in 1993, Weeks Marine has acquired and built one of the largest dredging fleets in the United States.
www.weeksmarine.com

About BAE Systems
BAE Systems is a global defense and security company with approximately 100,000 employees worldwide. The company delivers a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and support services. In 2010 BAE Systems reported sales of £22.4 billion (U.S. $34.6 billion).
BAE Systems Ship Repair, a business area of BAE Systems Support Solutions, is a leading non-nuclear ship repair, modernization and conversion company, focusing on dry dock and maintenance and modernization services for the U.S. Navy, other defense agencies and commercial customers. It has major operations in Norfolk, Virginia; San Diego and San Francisco, California; Honolulu, Hawaii; Jacksonville, Florida; and Mobile, Alabama. www.baesystems.com

For More Information, Contact:
Joe Chopek, BAE Systems
Tel: +1 757 494 2951 Mobile: +1 757 633 8023
joseph.chopek@baesystems.com

Steve Chatry, Weeks Marine
Tel: +1 985 875 2500
jschatry@weeksmarine.com