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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Marine Travelift News

RMK Merrill-Stevens Adds Boat Hoist

Photo: Marine Travelift

Marine Travelift has recently partnered with RMK Merrill-Stevens for the delivery of a new 100 BFMII (100 metric ton lifting capacity) mobile boat hoist.The custom 100-ton machine will be operational later this summer and will join an older 70 ton Marine Travelift on site, expanding the capacity and versatility of the Miami shipyard as part of their ongoing modernization efforts.RMK Merrill-Stevens is a full-service yacht repair facility performing repair and refit of yachts, commercial craft and government vessels ranging from 30’ to 300’.

USCG Cutter Biscayne Bay Hauled Out

Photo courtesy of The Great Lakes Group

Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the United States Coast Guard Cutter Biscayne Bay  using its 770-ton capacity Travelift. This is the second of the USCG’s six (6) Great Lakes stationed 140-foot Bay Class ice breaking tugs to be drydocked using Great Lakes Shipyard’s new Marine Travelift. The Shipyard’s Travelift has also been used to lift one of the 150-foot Buoy Barges pushed by the Bay Class Tugs, and the USCGC Buckthorn, stationed in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. The Travelift is the largest on the Great Lakes in the United States and Canada…

Great Lakes Shipyard Secures Geo Gradel Contract

Drydocking and repairs by Geo Gradel & Co. Photo Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard was awarded a contract for drydocking and repairs by Geo Gradel & Co. for Tug JOHN FRANCIS on January 18, 2017. The tugboat was hauled out using the 770-MT Mobile Marine Travelift on January 19, 2017. Geo Gradel & Co. also awarded a contract to the Shipyard for drydocking and repairs for Hopper Barge Mobro 2000 on December 14, 2016. This contract includes significant metal repairs due to due to damages caused during the season. Work for both vessels is expected to be completed March 2017.

Great Lakes Shipyard Awarded Ferry Repair Contract

Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a drydocking contract for Miller Boat Line’s M/V Put-In-Bay. The ferry was hauled out using the 770-ton capacity Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard. The repair contract includes drydocking, inspection and repairs, hull cleaning and miscellaneous fabrication and steel repairs. This is the first drydocking for M/V Put-In-Bay at Great Lakes Shipyard since Spring 2010, when Great Lakes Shipyard completed reconstruction work including fabrication and installation of a 40-foot mid-body extension and main engine repowering.

Kelleys Island Ferry at Great Lakes Shipyard

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard was awarded a drydocking contract by Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line for the M/V Carlee Emily. Maintenance work includes five-year drydocking, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) inspection and surveys as well as miscellaneous routine repairs. The ferry was hauled out using the 770-MT Mobile Marine Travelift on April 10, 2017. Work is expected to be completed later this month, allowing the ferry to return to service as soon as possible. This is the second time that the Carlee Emily was drydocked at Great Lakes Shipyard and the fifth drydocking for Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line.

Metal Shark’s New Yard Now Operational

Construction has commenced on the first new Metal Shark 75' Endurance-class catamaran at the company's new shipyard in Franklin, Louisiana. (Photo courtesy of Metal Shark)

Louisiana-based boat manufacturer Metal Shark announced it has commenced operations at its new shipyard, where the first of its recently announced Endurance-class catamarans is now in production. In January, Metal Shark acquired a 25-acre waterfront tract situated on the Charenton Bypass Canal in Franklin, Louisiana, and announced plans to develop the new property into a facility to support its planned aluminum and steel shipbuilding efforts for vessels up to 250’ in length. Six months later, the new facility is operational and production is underway.

Marine Travelift Delivers Boat Hoist to Ancora Marina

Photo: Marine Travelift

Ancora Marina in Neustadt, Germany, took delivery of a new Marine Travelift 75 BFMII mobile boat hoist, Marine Travelift Inc. announced today. Ancora Marina is located on the Bay of Lübeck in Schleswig-Holstein, northeast of Hamburg and southeast of Kiel. The new 75 BFMII is the marina’s fourth mobile boat hoist from Marine Travelift, and it replaces a 1988 Marine Travelift 70 BFM and a 1992 70 BFM. According to Michael Wippern from Dr. Ing. Bender & Wippern GmbH, Marine Travelift’s local dealer…

EPA Awards Great Lakes Shipyard Drydocking Contract

Lake Explorer II

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a contract for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) R/V Lake Explorer II. The research vessel was hauled out using the 770-ton capacity Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard. The repair contract that started on August 14, 2014 includes drydocking, routine repairs and maintenance, upgrades and design, fabrication and installation of a new bulbous bow. The 90-foot research vessel has been stationed in its homeport of Duluth, Minnesota since 2009, and is the newest addition to the U.S.

Ferry Drydocking Completed on 2-day Turnaround

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the Kelleys Island Ferry Kayla Marie on April 18 for its USCG five-year inspection survey. The yard completed all work, and refloated the vessel two days later, on April 20. The vessel was able to immediately return to service, to support its daily auto/passenger ferry operation between Marblehead and Kelleys Island. “The Shipyard prides itself on its ability to provide high quality services that its customers can depend upon. Kelleys Island Ferry Boat Line needed a very quick turn-around…

Great Lakes Shipyard Performs USCG Drydocking

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

On April 25, Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the U.S. Coast Guard’s 125’ x 52’ Aids to Navigation Barge (12001). Using the Shipyard’s 770-ton Marine Travelift, the yard lifted the 620-ton AToN barge quickly and easily, and placed it on drydocking blocks. Based in Detroit, Mich., the buoy tending crane barge is normally paired with the Ice Breaking Cutter Bristol Bay, and serves as a buoy tender to handle navigation buoys marking shipping lanes of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway. The barge will remain in the yard until mid-June under a USCG contract for routine maintenance and repairs.

Need a Lift?

Not every ship repair facility has a drydock or marine railway. But thanks to a Sturgeon Bay, Wis.-based company, shipbuilders and repair yards from small to large can get a real lift. Marine Travelift builds boat hoists, self-propelled transporters, and marine forklifts, with more than 3,500 units delivered worldwide, and can be found at waterfronts all around the world. “Our boat hoists range from 15 ton all the way up to 1,000 ton capacity,” said Jason Johnson, North American sales manager. “Marine Travellift has been involved with shipyards since the 1980s.

USCG Icebreaking Tug Up for Drydocking

USCG Cutter Katmai Bay on the Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard (Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard)

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Katmai Bay (WTGB-101), homeported in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, arrived at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, for drydocking, inspection, maintenance and repairs on July 8, 2015. The contract is for a scope of work that includes hull, propulsion and steering system inspections, as well as steel repairs, hull cleaning and painting. The 140-foot Bay-class Icebreaking Tug was hauled out on Monday, July 13 using the Shipyard’s 770-ton Marine Travelift – the largest on the Great Lakes.

Newport Shipyard Buys Custom Marine Travelift

Marine Travelift Inc. announced that Newport Shipyard has purchased a customized 200CII mobile boat hoist for its Newport, R.I. facility. When it’s delivered this fall, the machine will join the 70-, 100- and 500-ton Marine Travelift hoists currently in operation. The new 200CII boasts the first top-beam extension on a Marine Travelift 200-ton hoist and has been designed to use piers that were dedicated to a 100-ton machine and to travel into an indoor workspace. According to Eli Dana, Newport Shipyard’s General Manager, the yard was facing two challenges that prompted the 200CII purchase. “We’ve had increased demand from commercial customers, whose vessels are too heavy for the 100-ton hoist and are more difficult to schedule for the 500-ton due to space restrictions,” Dana explained.

MARAD Awards $9.8 Mln to US Shipyards

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Aiming to support shipbuilding modernizations that will increase productivity and allow U.S. shipyards to compete more effectively in global markets, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) has awarded $9.8 million to 18 U.S. yards through its Small Shipyard Grant Program. “Small shipyards play a significant role in our country’s maritime sector, which contributes to our economy, security, and infrastructure,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Miller Ferry Up for Routine Maintenance at Great Lakes Shipyard

M/V South Bass (Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard)

Miller Boat Line’s ferry, M/V South Bass, is receiving its routine five-year drydocking and USCG inspection at Great Lakes Shipyard. The vessel was hauled out using the Marine Travelift, and the work on the vessel will be completed in two to three weeks. This marks the first time Great Lakes Shipyard has performed work on the M/V South Bass. Since 2010, repairs have been performed on all of the other ferries in the Miller Boat Line fleet, including routine five-year drydockings…

Almarin: 85 Years Strong

Patrick Lindley, CEO, Grupo Lindley

Your company is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year. Please provide an overview of your activities. The Lindley group of companies began its activities in 1930 with the establishment of Ahlers, Lindley, Lda. as a distributor of harbour and industrial equipment in Lisbon, Portugal. Today the group activities evolved to manufacture, distribution and service of port infrastructure. Ahlers Lindley and Almarin share engineering and production capabilities pooling design and manufacture of fixed and floating structures for the marine environment.

Cruise Vessel Drydocked at Great Lakes Shipyard

Photos courtesy of Greak Lake Shipyards

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a contract for routine drydocking of the M/V Nautica Queen. The cruise vessel was hauled out using the 770-ton capacity Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard on Monday, November 10, 2014. The repair contract includes drydocking, USCG inspection and repairs, hull cleaning and painting, as well as miscellaneous steel repairs. The Nautica Queen offers cruises along Lake Erie and the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio providing views of historic architecture and the ever-changing skyline of Downtown Cleveland.

GLS Wins Multi-Vessel USACE Contract

Photo courtesy of Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a contract by the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District for the drydocking and repairs of the Floating Plant, based at the Detroit Field Station. The shipyard will perform routine drydocking, maintenance and repairs of the Tug DEMOLEN, Crane Barge VELER, and Deck Scow BC-6576. In addition to drydocking the vessels, work includes underwater hull cleaning and maintenance; inspection of propulsion and steering systems; sea valves maintenance; bearing inspections; and other routine cleaning, maintenance and repairs.

Three USACE Vessels Drydocked at Great Lakes Shipyard

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced it has been awarded a contract from the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District for the drydocking and repairs of the Floating Plant, based at the Detroit Field Station. The shipyard will perform routine drydocking, maintenance and repairs of the Tug Demolen, Crane Barge Veler and Deck Scow BC-6576. In addition to drydocking the vessels, the yard’s work includes underwater hull cleaning and maintenance; inspection of propulsion and steering systems…

New Milestones for America’s Newest Tall Ship

Photo: OHPRI

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a stability letter to America’s newest tall ship for operation on exposed waters, confirming that SSV Oliver Hazard Perry exceeds their most stringent Sailing School Vessel standards for stability. This assures that the vessel is on track to begin offshore ocean voyaging in early 2017 following the successful near-shore sailing achieved this past summer. The first scheduled offshore passage will be south from Rhode Island to Florida, starting in January 2017. The 200-foot, three-masted, full rigged ship is currently dry-docked in North Kingstown, R.I. at J.

USACE Barges, Tugs Up for Repair

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

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…

Miller Boat Awards Drydock Work to Great Lakes Shipyard

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced it has been awarded a contract from regular customer Miller Boat Line to complete the five-year U.S. Coast Guard inspection and main engine repowering for its ferry William Market. The work is scheduled to be completed by February 2016. Previously, Great Lakes Shipyard completed unscheduled work and the five-year U.S. Coast Guard inspection for Miller Boat Line M/V Islander in May 2014 and most recently drydocking and maintenance for M/V Put-In-Bay in April 2015.

Great Lakes Shipyard Completes USACE Repairs

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced it has completed a multi-vessel drydocking and repair contract for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Detroit District Floating Plant, and all vessels were redelivered on December 28, 2015. This was the first time the Detroit District Floating Plant has been drydocked using Great Lakes Shipyard’s 700 metric ton capacity Marine Travelift. The shipyard hauled out Tug Demolen and Deck Scow BC-6576 on October 26, 2015 and Crane Barge Veler on October 27, 2015.

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