3 Charleston firms secure $54 million in federal contracts

Staff Report
Published Feb. 4, 2014

Three Charleston firms were awarded multimillion dollar federal contracts worth $54 million to work on dredging a harbor and upfitting a ship and armored vehicles.

Charleston-based Martinex Construction Inc. was awarded a $19.2 million federal contract for dredging 3 million to 6 million cubic yards of material from the Savannah and Brunswick, Ga., inner harbors.

Estimated completion date is Feb. 16, 2015. Two bids were received. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of Savannah is the contracting activity.

North Charleston-based Detyens Shipyards Inc. was awarded a $9.65 million federal contract for a 55-calendar day regular overhaul and dry-docking of the USNS Leroy Grumman, a ship that provides fuel to U.S. Navy ships and aircraft carriers.

The contract includes options, which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of this contract to $11.3 million. Work will be performed in Charleston and is expected to be completed by April.

Work will include port main engine clutch and coupling overhaul; antenna cleaning, inspecting and refurbishing; helicopter deck sprinkler and hose reel piping renewal; fall blocks and fairlead sheaves; hull painting and cleaning; and flight deck nonskid renewal.

This contract was competitively procured, with one offer received. The U.S. Navy’s Military Sealift Command Norfolk in Virginia is the contracting activity.

Ladson-based General Dynamics Land Systems – Force Protection was awarded a roughly $26 million federal contract to work on mine resistant ambush protected vehicles.

General Dynamics will work on the development, design and production of 468 seat survivability upgrade kits in support of the program executive office land systems.

The kits includes energy absorbing seats, five-point seatbelts, blast mats, internal crew automatic fire extinguisher system reconfiguration, and driver/co-driver compartment upgrades.

The work taking place in Ladson is not to exceed 18 months, with an expected completion date of July 2015.

Four offers were received for the bid. Marine Corps Systems Command Quantico in Virginia is the contracting activity.

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