Ahhh, two of our favorite things… heavy lift and timelapse!

On December 14, 2012 the 900 ton deckhouse for the U.S. Navy’s future USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) destroyer was lifted off a barge and onto the hull of the new ship at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine.

The deckhouse module was built in Gulfport, Mississippi was shipped by barge to Bath Iron Works for installation on the ship.

The 155-foot-long, 60-foot-high and 60-foot-wide section was lifted 100 feet in the air using four cranes, two of which had to be brought in by Reed & Reed, Inc., a construction company headquartered in Woolwich, Maine.

Once at the prescribed height, the ship’s 610-foot hull was then moved into position beneath the suspended module using the shipyard’s electro-hydraulic ship transfer system and then lowered into place.

The ship is the largest vessel ever to be constructed The largest destroyer to be built at the Maine shipyard and the 900-ton lift itself more than doubled the shipyard’s previous heaviest-lift record.

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Rollout of the USS Zumwalt (DDG-1000) deckhouse

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  • Byron

    I wonder how long it will take for the connection of the balsa core-composite deckhouse to fracture at the steel connection. The fact that this connection is high above the ships center of gravity will only exert even more force on that connection. Of course, I’m just an old shipfitter that’s been doing this for 40 years, so maybe the technology has expanded beyond the bounds of physics…

  • Phil Medlin

    This brings back a lot of memories from the shipyard before I retired.Good Job Beth Iron Works

  • Dr. Faustus

    I saw this thing sitting on a barge at the Norfolk Naval Base 6 weeks ago. Impressive, but what is the deal with building a naval ship out of composites and aluminum? Didn’t we learn anything from the British during the Falklands conflict? Kind of makes me glad I just push containers for a living.

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