The US Navy has awarded Seward Shipyard the repair contract for the Powhatan-class fleet ocean tug USNS Sioux (T-ATF-171). JAG Industrial and Marine Services won the bid at $4.2 million, with provisions for another $1.3 million inclusive of options. JAG Executive Vice President Tim Jagielski stated that the contract will require 10,000 man-hours over five months and an additional 32 employees to complete.
In service since 1981, the 226 ft. Sioux is slated to undergo 87 work items at the shipyard from Oct 5 through Dec 5. Jagielski said that while this is the first Navy contract awarded to Seward, he remains confident that it’s a sign of things to come.
“I believe this is one of the first Navy vessels in Seward. We were surprised they would come this far out of their way to come here,” Jagielski said. “It’s the next step in the evolution that the Navy is coming to Alaska. We’re going to show them what we can do.”