Our 10,000 ton and 2,500 ton dry-docks, 1,400 feet of deep-water pier space, land-level berths, and extensive shop facilities are located in Ketchikan at the southern end of Alaska's panhandle. Although Ketchikan gets some rain, the waters are ice-free and the weather is temperate year around. And when our state-of-the-art indoor assembly hall is finished, our Alaska-tough production will be unstoppable around the clock, 24/7.
Logistic support for your project is never a problem: Ketchikan is served by three barge lines and an international airport; Seattle is only a 90-minute jet flight away on Alaska Airlines.
While your repair is getting done, or you're visiting your newbuild vessel, enjoy the hospitality and beauty of our city, the 5th largest in Alaska.
More than 120 full-time workers in Ketchikan offer all trades related to ship repair, new construction and heavy fabrication.
There is 1100 Feet of deepwater moorage (35 feet at MLLW) with our full range of services; additional moorage is available at the Vigor Alaska facility with some limitations to vessel draft and services.
Electrical and Electronics
Vigor Alaska's electrical department is equipped to accomplish virtually any task related to electrical tasks from minor lighting and distribution modifications to full system installations. These systems include internal and external communications, navigation, machinery alarm and monitoring (both digital and analog), control and indication (e.g. tank level and watertight openings), systems integration (e.g. HVAC and ballast transfer), motor control centers, and full replacement of ships service switchboards and sub-level distribution panels.
The machinery department includes inside machinists and mechanics. The inside machinists provide capabilities including lathe work, shaft build up and repair, hub repairs, keyways, boring and facing of small and large items, milling, parts fabrication and duplication, etc. Mechanics support the shop's machinery needs including shafting and bearing alignments and installations, reduction gear and clutch rebuilds, pneumatic and hydraulic control systems, pump rebuild and installations and more.
Rigging and Services
The rigging and services department support all of our ship repair and newbuild departments. Duties include block and cradle construction for vessel haul-outs (both dry dock and marine ways), rigging and crane operations, heavy lifts and transfers (industrial moving), fuel and ballast transfers, tank cleaning, confined space entry and rescue, shipyard competent persons, hazmat removal and mitigation, installation and maintenance of lifesaving appliances, fire prevention, and general jobsite cleanliness.
Coatings team members are experienced in the surface preparation and applications of virtually any paint system, including many systems that are considered somewhat exotic and require factory certification. The coatings department is also responsible for deck coverings, fiberglass coatings and repairs, and tank coatings and linings.
Steel and Pipe
The pipe and steel department members cross over from structural to pipe according to the resource needs of the projects. Vigor Alaska has welders certified for the following alloys: mild steel, high tensile steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and CuNi. These welders are certified under programs administered by AWS, API, ASME, ABS, DNV and USCG.
Vigor Alaska's machine shop has significant capabilities and is considered one of the best equipped machine shops in the State of Alaska. In lathes, Vigor Alaska has the capability to machine shafting to 55 feet in length and can turn items up to 36" in diameter. The shop is equipped with numerous milling machines with table capacities up to 72" x 102", with 80" of vertical travel. Other specialized machining centers are also available at Vigor Alaska.
Our Ketchikan facility contains numerous additional specialty shops including carpentry/joinery, hydraulics and valve repair. Vigor Alaska's carpentry/joinery shop is well equipped with the necessary equipment to accomplish projects from major elements of wood construction to millwork.
Shipbuilding, conversion, and repair process "activities"
- Corrosion Control
- Dry Grit Blasting
Shipbuilding, conversion and repair process "areas"
Complete Machine Shop
- Straighten and Refurbish shafts to 50 feet in length
- Controllable pitch propeller system refurbishment
- Horizontal Milling 4' diameter rotary table, 5' x 8' rectangular table
- Metric machine tools
Complete Steel Fabrication & Assembly
- Weld procedures approved by AWS, ABS & USCG
- American Welding Society-Certified Welding Inspector
- Certified for Non-Destructive Testing, Level 3 Inspection
Surface Preparation and Coatings
- SSPC-Certified Protective Coatings Specialist
- NACE-Certified Coatings Inspector
- Complete Mechanical Assembly & Installation Quality Assurance Program
- Army Master Maintenance Agreement