NY Steel Fabrication, Hudson River Pier, Direct Transloading, Steel Design & Fabrication


New York Steel Fabrication, Steel Design, Hudson River Pier, Hudson River Shipyard, Steel Bridge Fabrication

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Newburgh shipyard floats 450-ton dock
- The Times Herald Record, Published: Friday, June 15, 1979

NEWBURGH – On the count of seven, a 450-ton dry-dock caisson slid into the Hudson River Thursday at the Steel Style Inc. Shipyard on South Water Street.

The huge caisson, which took 18 months to fabricate, is bound for the U.S. Naval Shipyard in Charleston, S.C., to help service and repair surface ships and submarines in the Atlantic fleet.

The caisson is the first of three to be built at Steel Style. Dave Plotkin, vice president and general manager, said 90 men worked on fabricating the caisson. Work will continue on the 116-foot long caisson when it is floated to another portion of the shipyard, righted to its 45-foot height and ballasted. Plotkin said the caisson will be towed to Charleston in mid-September.

“We’re doing a series of these,” Plotkin said. “We’re starting on another that’s due at the Norfolk, Va., Naval Shipyard in April 1981 and one due for the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii in August (1981).”

The three contracts, which range from $2 million to $4 million for each project, were obtained through competitive bidding. Plotkin said Steel Style is responsible for “fabricating, delivering and installing” the caissons. While the trips to Charleston, S.C., and Norfolk, Va., are scheduled to take about a week, Plotkin said he expects it will take from 30 to 45 days to tow the caisson to Pearl Harbor through the Panama Canal.

The caissons are towed in a vertical position and draw up to 26 feet of water.
Before it was launched Thursday, the caisson was restrained by three flat steel plates with a series of seven perforations at one end. To launch the caisson, three men armed with blow torches burned through the perforations one at a time, to the countdown of seven.

When the last perforation was severed, the caisson slid soundlessly into the Hudson River, where a tugboat waited to guide it to another part of the shipyard.

“You can say Steel Syle thought it was a very successful launch,” Plotkin said.

The launching was timed for high tide at 4 p.m. Thursday. Plotkin said the 3 _-foot difference in the water level between high tide and low tide could have meant the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful launch.

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