The Navy Yard is filled with thousands of people doing amazing things! We had the opportunity to meet one of those people, working inside the industrial district of the Navy Yard. Meet Whitney Taylor, Quality Assurance Coordinator at Philadelphia Ship Repair.
Whitney has been working at Philadelphia Ship Repair for two years where she spends her time assuring a level of quality in the services Philadelphia Ship Repair provides.
What does your company do? Philadelphia Ship Repair makes up a larger company called Northeast Ship Repair, which is comprised of both Boston Ship Repair and Philadelphia Ship Repair. Since 1995, both east coast facilities have provided personalized services for domestic, international, and government vessels. Northeast Ship Repair provides required vessel maintenance, repair, overhaul, and conversion services that is unsurpassed in the industry.
Describe your typical work day. My typical work day as a Quality Assurance Coordinator consists of following a schedule of inspections that I would have generated and sent out the day before. Every day has a different schedule, so it is never the same thing two days in a row. I am responsible for coordinating the inspections with the vessel owner, the ship’s crew, our employees, American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), and United States Coast Guard (USCG). A typical day will include weld inspections and testing, tank inspections, and paint inspections. On any one job there will be over 1,000 inspections aimed at ensuring the quality of the work, and safety of the vessel.
What’s your favorite thing about working at your company? At Philadelphia Ship Repair, there’s always something new. I am constantly exposed to new systems, new ships, and new problems. I love being able to find solutions and uphold the quality standards of our vessels. This year, I had the pleasure of working on USNS Bob Hope. The USNS Bob Hope is the lead ship of its class of large, medium-speed, roll-on roll-off (LMSR) vehicle cargo ships for the US Navy. I have grown quite fond of this class of vessel. The photo below is me taking wear down readings on the starboard main bearing of the USNS Bob Hope.