NGSS Receives Shipyard Improvements
In the wake of 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, the US passed Section 2203 of Public Law 109-234, “Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Defense, The Global War on Terror and Hurricane Recovery 2006.” The stated purpose was to help shipbuilding capability recover by repairing and/or replacing shipbuilding facilities, “to make lasting improvement in shipyard facilities that would result in measurable cost reductions in current and future Navy shipbuilding contracts, and to improve the ability of shipbuilding facilities on the Gulf Coast to withstand damage from potential hurricanes or other natural disasters.”
Northrop Grumman Ship Systems (NGSS) has ‘won’ $98.6 million, the first of a series of contracts with Gulf Coast shipbuilders to be awarded under 109-234, s.2203. An $86.3 million firm-fixed-price contract for infrastructure improvements to NGSS shipyards in Pascagoula, MS (Panel Assembly Line at NGSS Ingalls, 61%) and Gulfport, MS (composite manufacturing facility, 26%) and a $12.4 million option for infrastructure improvements to the NGSS shipyard in New Orleans, LA (panel assembly line at NGSS Avondale, 13%). Avondale has received state modernization aid as well, after shoddy workmanship issues surfaced in relation to the LPD-17 ships being built there. Work is expected to be complete by September 2010. The contract was competitively procured and advertised via the Internet, with 18 proposals received from 7 offerors by the Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C. (N00024-07-C-2309).