The United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Buffalo District has awarded a repair contract to Great Lakes Shipyard for two tugs and two barges from the Corps’ Cleveland Field Station.
The shipyard said it has been contracted to perform drydocking, maintenance and repairs of the 109-foot Tug Cheraw and 53-foot Tug Donlon, and the 120-foot Deck Barges BD-6259 and BC-6472. Work includes underwater hull cleaning and maintenance, as well as inspection and testing of propulsion systems; overhaul of sea valves and shaft bearings and assemblies; and other routine cleaning, inspections, maintenance and repairs. In addition, the scope of work includes major overhauls of the propulsion engines, fendering replacements and major steel renewals.
This will be the first time the Corps’ tugs and barges have been drydocked using Great Lakes Shipyard’s 700 metric ton capacity Marine Travelift, the shipyard noted. All four vessels will be hauled out within a few days of arrival. Work will commence immediately and proceed on all vessels on a concurrent basis until completed in April.