DDG - 1000 Deckhouse Lift (Video)Submitted by emalvini on Thu, 12/20/2012 - 15:46
DDG - 1000 Deckhouse Lift (Video)
Here is more info on the Zumwalt class of destroyers
General Dynamics Bath Iron Works
December 14, 2012
BIW accomplished the heaviest ship module lift in the company’s 128-year history by setting the 900 ton deckhouse for Zumwalt (DDG 1000) in place - a study in skill, teamwork, determination and pride. Congratulations to the entire Navy / BIW shipbuilding team - nobody does it better!
The deckhouse had been stored in the drydock after arriving by barge from Huntington Ingalls Industries' Gulfport Facility in Mississippi , where it was built.
The deckhouse was lifted with the 2 shipyard cranes and the 2 temporary cranes, and the ship was translated partway into the drydock, and the deckhouse was lowered into place.
Before the lift, the tip of the ship’s bow had been approximately between the two blue cranes. Normally, the two cranes can travel with a lifted unit, but they only have 600-tons capacity between them, and the deckhouse is 900 tons, so the two temporary cranes were needed, and they couldn’t travel, only pivot, so the whole ship had to be moved forward.
I may not be in there anymore, but I can still admire some of what they do!
Left: The deckhouse for the future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) sits on a barge at Norfolk Naval Station after being diverted due to weather during transit from Huntington Ingalls Industries' Gulfport Facility in Mississippi to General Dynamics-Bath Iron Works shipyard in Maine.
Right: Concept view of the USS Zumwalt class destroyer (DDG-1000), formerly DD(X)