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New vessel launches at Leevac Shipyards


Crews at the Leevac Shipyard in Jennings launched a new vessel into the water on Thursday, the first of its kind for the Jeff Davis Parish shipyard company.

The Torrens Tide is a platform supply vessel that will be used in the Gulf of Mexico. Leevac officials say the MMC design of the vessel was created in Poland and is the first vessel they've constructed in that design.  

Chris Vaccari, owner and CEO of Leevac, says the Torrens Tide is a unique project for Leevac because they disassembled some of the ship's parts when it was stationed in a shipyard in Houma. Then it was transported to the Jennings shipyard where construction continued.

"We were actually able to sign two more contracts with Tidewater as a result of our working together with this one" said Vaccari. "Which eventually led to the purchase of their Houma yard by Leevac which occurred in July of this year ... so a lot of good things happened with this project."

Now that the vessel is in the water, Vaccari says crews will continue to put the finishing touches on the vessel, including installing more surface decks. The project is expected to be complete in March 2014.

KPLC's Gerron Jordan will have more on the launch and the symbolic name on later editions of 7News.

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