Mare Island dry dock company gets $16M Navy contract

May 02 2018

Daily Republic By Todd R. Hansen

VALLEJO — A Mare Island dry dock and ship maintenance firm has been awarded a $16 million fixed-price contract to repair and upgrade the submarine tender, USS Emory S. Land.

Mare Island Dry Dock LLC, which has operated two dry docks at Mare Island since November 2013, is scheduled to begin work June 1. The tender is based in Guam.

“Work will include weather deck structural repairs, number 3 and 4 ship service turbine generator (SSTG) turbine inspection, number 1 rotor and number 2 SSTG high-speed coupling replacement, heating, ventilation and air conditioning cleaning, industrial support, fan room refurbishment, collecting-holding-transfer piping repair, and boiler exhaust plenum repair,” according to a description published in MarineLog magazine.

The work is expected to be completed by September.

Mare Island Dry Dock services about 40 military and commercial vessels each year, said Christina Snyder, executive vice president of the firm.

The contract includes about $14.96 million in Navy funding from the current fiscal year. If other options are included, the contract increases to the full $16.02 million.

Mare Island Dry Dock was the winner from two bidders for the job.

The company was founded by Steve DiLeo, the chief executive officer, and Harry Nicholsen, the chief financial officer, who operated Boston Ship Repair Inc. and Penn Ship Service for about 17 years on the East Coast.

They provided dry dock services “to the largest vessels in the world including cruise ships and large military cargo vessels,” according to information provided by Snyder.

BSR was founded in 1993 in Boston. PSS was established as a subsidiary in 2006 in Philadelphia.

They sold the companies in 2009, and four years later, took over the Mare Island Dry Dock complex consisting of Dry Docks 2 and 3 and multiple berths and piers. They employ 150 people, half of whom are from Vallejo and 15 others have moved there, the firm reported.