Several examples of projects completed by Vigor Shipyards appear below. Highlights of other projects can be found here and on the pages for our individual companies.
The vessel is 1,092 ft long x 257’ 5” breadth (at flight deck), and is 206’ 6” high from keel to mast. Maximum speed is in excess of 30 knots, with displacement of 97,500 tons. The flight deck area alone is an amazing 4.5 acres.
Two nuclear power plants drive four main 75,000-shaft horsepower steam-drive turbine engines. The four propellers each weigh 11 tons.
The USS Nimitz takes Lincoln’s place as Everett homeport carrier. Vigor Shipyards teams, which know Nimitz well from PSNS availabilities, will continue to maintain Nimitz in Everett, helping the carrier be fleet ready just as we’ve done with Lincoln.
Vigor Shipyards salutes the men and women of these vessels and everyone who serves the U.S. Navy.
USCGC Polar Star is one of the largest and most powerful icebreakers in the U.S. Coast Guard—a perfect fit for Vigor Shipyards, one of the largest providers of U.S. Coast Guard repair and modernization services in the nation.
Our Coast Guard-dedicated team completed $56M in maintenance and modernization efforts aboard Polar Star to return it to service at the end of 2012. We also meet routine and emergent maintenance requirements for others in the USCG fleet, including National Security Cutters, the legacy high and medium endurance cutters, and the buoy tender fleet.
Polar Star's three shafts are connected to 16-foot (4.9-meter) diameter, four-bladed, controllable-pitch propellers. Polar Star’s diesel-electric plants produce up to 18,000 shaft horsepower (13,425 kilowatts), while three gas turbine systems provide up to a total of 75,000 shaft horsepower (55,925 kilowatts).
USCGC Polar Star is designed not just to open pathways in the ice but also to support scientific missions, conduct helicopter reconnaissance, transfer cargo, and carry out search and rescue missions, perform boarding and Law enforcement.
Restoring the icebreakers is an affordable, proven, prompt and practical alternative which will fulfill United States missions in the polar regions for a the next decade while new icebreakers are designed, built and put into service.
USS Shoup (DDG-86)
Among additional repairs and upgrades performed by Vigor Shipyards during Shoup's availability include:
- Installing undersea warfare upgrades
- Blasting and coating potable water tanks
- Removing and repaired shafting, controllable pitch system and rudder
- Repairing and replacing sea valves
- Preserving bilges and machinery spaces