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Beacon Provides Bid Review Services For Battleship North Carolina Hull Repair Project

Beacon was recently hired by a leading Surety company for a very unique bid review project, related to hull repairs on a retired WWII battleship. John Yeung led the bid review project for Beacon, which is described below.

The USS North Carolina is a decommissioned World War II battleship which is now a Museum Ship and a National Historic Landmark docked in Wilmington, NC. The battleship, which is more than 728 feet long and has a displacement of 36,000 tons, was built at the New York Naval Shipyard (later renamed The Brooklyn Navy Yard) between 1937 and 1941. After the U.S. was attacked by Japan at Pearl Harbor in December of 1941, the ship was activated for the war effort, first in the Atlantic and then in the Pacific, where it engaged in numerous campaigns and even survived a torpedo attack by a Japanese submarine. After Japan surrendered in 1945, the ship helped to transport American troops back to the U.S.

The USS North Carolina was decommissioned in June of 1947 and became a museum ship in 1962. Over the years, the ship's thick steel hull has degraded in locations, necessitating replacment of large sections of the hull. The project workscope (which Beacon performed a bid review on) consists of replacing approximately 5,000 SF of the deteriorating steel hull plates and all associated work, such as dewatering of the cofferdam, recertification of a large oil tank for safe work, lead paint and asbestos remediation, and painting of the newly repaired areas of the hull.

Beacon reviewed the bids provided by three separate contractors, interviewed personnel at the bidding companies and the owner's representative, and reviewed the associated RFP workscope. Following this analysis, Beacon's team provided a Bid Review Report to the Surety to help the company make an informed decision regarding its involvement in the project. In early June of 2020, the museum publicly announced the winning bidder to be Atlantic Coast Industrial Marine Construction, LLC, a Wilmington-based marine construction company located just 1.5 miles from the USS North Carolina. For more information about the USS North Carolina, visit: