N e w B u r r a r d Y a r r o w s F l o a t i ng Dock For Ships To 7 5 , 0 0 0 DWT
A 36,000-ton lifting capacity floating dock (shown above) has arrived at the Burrard Yarrows Shipyard, Vancouver, Canada, following a 5,000-mile tow from Hiroshima Bay, Japan.
The all-steel dock arrived at Vancouver after a 40-day tow carried out by Tokyo Marine Services using the 12,000-ihp tug "Dahlia." The dock was built at the Hiroshima Yard of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. under Burrard Yarrows 63.3-million (Canadian) dollar expansion program, of which the dock accounts for $40 million.
The dock will increase the work Burrard Yarrows Corporation's Vancouver division can carry out. For the first time Panamaxsize vessels up to 75,000 dwt will be able to be repaired, as opposed to vessels up to 15,000 dwt at present.
The initial dimensions of the dock are 204 meters (about 669 feet) over blocks by 45.8 meters (150.3 feet) clear width. The dock is capable of being extended to 245 meters (804 feet) at a future date so that vessels up to 150,000 dwt can be accommodated. Burrard Yarrows' nearby Victoria divi- sion already has the capability of carrying out repairs and conversions on ships up to 100,000 dwt.
A new pier—230 meters (about 755 feet) long with a water depth of 10 meters (32.8 feet) and equipped with an 85-ton crane— has been built for the new dock. Also in the expansion program is the completion of a new machine shop, 75 meters (246 feet) by 25 meters (82 feet), covered by two 40-ton cranes and other support facilities. Burrard Yarrows is affiliated with Versatile Vickers Inc. of Montreal, another Canadian ship repair yard.