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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Great Lakes Group News

Great Lakes Group Announces New Management Hires

Thomas Rigolo (Photo: Great Lakes Group)

The Great Lakes Group announced recent new hires to the company’s management team: Thomas Rigolo – Shipyard General Manager; Kirsten Buccigrossi – Director, Marketing & Communications; and Emery Eiber – Quality, Health, Safety, Security, and Environment (QHSSE) Manager.Tom Rigolo is a senior shipbuilding executive with more than 25 years of experience gained from hands-on engineering and high-level leadership roles at several U.S. shipyards. Rigolo is a licensed Professional Engineer…

Great Lakes Shipyard Completes ATB Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Interlake Steamship Company’s ATB Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder departed Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, Sunday upon completion of the vessel’s winter work and layup period. Great Lakes Shipyard performed a variety of work on the vessel, such as miscellaneous steel work, generator maintenance, main drive unit maintenance and other various repairs. Great Lakes Shipyard is a full-service yard specializing in new construction, fabrication, repairs and winter work of all types of vessels and barges.

SPECIAL REPORT: GREAT LAKES BUSINESS and The Great Lakes Group

Joe Starck, Great Lakes Group President

Embracing and spanning the full breadth of Great Lakes geography and business mix, GLG’s Joe Starck has his multi-missioned firm looking to the future – in more ways than one.The Great Lakes Group (GLG) takes its beginnings from its 1899 incorporation by industrial icon John D. Rockefeller, who formed the Great Lakes Towing to satisfy the demands of a Midwest industrial revolution that brought bigger ships to the region. Existing vessels, unable to keep up with demand, were supplemented and replaced by a fleet of as many as 100 tugboats; the first steel tugs in the region.

Searching for a Better Way

Paine

Financing the Municipal, Tax-Exempt Workboat Sector. Poring over any of the many marine publications that seemingly arrive daily in your mailbox or inbox, you can get an idea of the depth and breadth of the current state of U.S. commercial marine vessel shipbuilding. Given the tumult in the oil market and the number of cancellations of vessels previously on order, it can safely be said that things certainly have looked better. Beyond this, the uncertainties of a domestic maritime industry that is so inextricably entwined with oil and gas makes predictions about what comes next…

Great Lakes Shipyard Completes American Courage Winter Work

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

The American Courage of American Steamship Company departed Cleveland Saturday, March 23 after two months of lay-up at Great Lakes Shipyard. The Shipyard was contracted by American Steamship to perform winter work services on their vessel. Such work included miscellaneous steel work, generator maintenance, main drive unit maintenance, and other various repairs and maintenance. The American Courage is the last of three lakers to complete their winter work at Great Lakes Shipyard this season.

Great Lakes Shipyard Contracted for USCG Cutter Repairs

Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay (photo: Great Lakes Shipyard)

Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out the United States Coast Guard Cutter Neah Bay (WTGB-105) using its 770-ton capacity Travelift. The repair contract, awarded to the Shipyard in early March, includes routine drydocking and underwater hull maintenance such as inspection and testing of propulsion systems; overhaul of sea valves and shaft seal assemblies; and other various cleaning, inspections, and repairs. This is the first of the USCG’s nine 140-foot Bay Class ice breaking tugs to be drydocked using Great Lakes Shipyard’s new Marine Travelift.

Great Lakes Shipyard Now a Damen Licensed Builder

GLS Damen 1 tugboat: Photo GLS

Great Lakes Shipyard (GLS) informed that it has entered into a five-year agreement with B.V. Scheepswerf Damen Gorinchem authorizing the Cleveland shipyard as an official builder of Damen designs. GLS’s Damen Series is designed by Damen, built by Great Lakes Shipyard and made in the U.S.A. The agreement also provides for Damen technical services, including experienced personnel for onsite management and supervision on any and all construction projects. Now, all of the technology and know-how of Damen…

Great Lakes Towing Hosts Networking Event

Photo: The Great Lakes Towing Company

The Great Lakes Towing Company hosted a WIRE-Net networking event at Great Lakes Shipyard in order to celebrate manufacturing and innovation in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio. More than 100 attendees gathered on the banks of the Cuyahoga River to connect with other manufacturing professionals, forge new relationships and continue to grow and strengthen the local manufacturing community. In addition to a cocktail reception, attendees received tours of the shipyard and detailed explanations of some of the new services/tools that Great Lakes Shipyard has added to their business offering.

Great Lakes Towing and Shipyard Add Two New Tugs

The Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard will celebrate their 115th anniversary with the delivery of two new 4,640HP FIFI 1 ASD tugs. Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultant, Inc., Seattle, Washington, the tugs AURA and ATLAS are built to the highest standards of the American Bureau of Shipping, the U.S. vessel classification society. The tugs were launched using the Shipyard’s 770-ton Travelift. Founded by John D. Rockefeller on July 7, 1899, the company’s founding shareholders were the major industrialists at the turn of the century.

Great Lakes Group in 2016 Hiring Push

Michael Burnes (Photo: Great Lakes Group)

Facing continued growth driven by client demand, the Great Lakes Towing Company and Great Lakes Shipyard have together added 20 new employees in Q1 2016 and are looking to hire an additional 50+ employees before the end of Q4 2016. “We’re looking out for the future,” said the company’s president, Joe Starck. “We’re strategically focusing our efforts on finding, developing and training a team of professionals for a growing workforce to successfully accomplish the contracts we have now, and the potential contracts we are working on.

Great Lakes Shipyard Wins EPA Drydock Contract

Lake Explorer II

Great Lakes Shipyard has been awarded a contract for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) vessel R/V Lake Explorer II. The scope of work will include drydocking, routine repairs, maintenance and upgrades, as well as design, fabrication and installation of a new bulbous bow. thegreatlakesgroup.com

GLG Shipyard Applies Finishing Touches to 'Biscayne Bay'

Welding work on Cutter Biscayne Bay: Photo GLG

Great Lakes Group says it has reached the final stages of the routine maintenance and drydock contract on the USCG Cutter BISCAYNE BAY, the second of the USCG’s six Great Lakes-stationed 140-foot Bay-class ice-breaking tugs to be drydocked in the Group's shipyard.

Great Lakes Shipyard to Build Floating Breakwater

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard was awarded a contract by Whiskey Island Marina to fabricate a new floating breakwater. The Shipyard will fabricate two 150’ long steel cylindrical modules that will be bolted together and anchored in the lake bottom in front of the marina. The project is to be completed by mid-November. The 10-foot diameter breakwater is used for wake attenuation to protect the boats and docks in the marina basin from heavy weather and is ballasted to the 6.5’ waterline. The Shipyard built a similar floating breakwater for Perry’s Landing Marina, Erie PAin 2010.

Great Lakes Shipyard Drydocks U.S. FWS Vessel

RV Spencer F. Baird

Great Lakes Shipyard was awarded a contract by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), an agency of the Department of the Interior, for the five-year drydocking and inspection of the RV Spencer F. Baird. The Shipyard hauled out the RV Spencer F. Baird using the 770-ton Marine Travelift. Work includes drydocking, a complete exterior repainting, bow thruster replacement, its five-year survey and other miscellaneous repairs. The project is expected to be complete by early November, 2013. Operated by the U.S.

Great Lakes Shipyard Replaces Propulsion Controls on USCG Cutter

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard is completing the replacement of the main propulsion control system on the United States Coast Guard Cutter Mobile Bay. This work marks the final installation under a five-year contract with the USCG’s Engineering Logistics Center, Baltimore, Md. This contract included installation of new main propulsion control systems for the entire fleet of nine 140-foot Bay Class of Ice Breaking tugs. The Shipyard’s mobile vessel crew is conducting the work on-site in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin and is to be completed in early October.

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…

The Jensen Marine “HandySize” Class Tug

Designed by Jensen Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, and built by the Great Lakes Shipyard of Cleveland, Ohio a 74-foot workboat is quickly making a name for itself; in and out of the water. The “HandySize” Class Tug was designed to fill the niche between the 2,400 to 3,200 HP market for harbor workboats, fireboats, and construction operations and coastal towing, too. The Tug model 2800 is powered by two Cummins QSK38,1400HP diesel engines rated at 1800 rpm, providing a total of 2,800 HP – or in order words, just right for those niche tasks assigned to a Great Lakes workboat.

Great Lakes Shipyard Commissions New Cutting Machine

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

Great Lakes Shipyard announced the installation of a new state-of-the-art plasma cutting machine, the Plate Pro Extreme 3100. The addition of this cutting table expands the range of services available to its customers and improves the efficiency of Great Lakes Shipyard operations, while also enhancing the quality and precision of the work being produced. Bringing this capability in-house allows the Shipyard to make more of its own parts without relying on outside vendors or subcontractors.

Puerto Rico Towing Receives Tug "HANDY THREE"

Jensen Maritime designed Tug "Handy-Three"

Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co. is expanding the size of its tugboat fleet with the addition of the newly constructed Handy-Three which arrived in San Juan Thursday morning. Puerto Rico Towing & Barge Co., a subsidiary of The Great Lakes Group, is located in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and has been providing vessel assistance and towing services to commercial vessels and barges in San Juan Harbor, other Inland Ports, and ports throughout the Caribbean for over 15 years. Recently constructed at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, the Handy-Three is now the fifth tug in the Company’s fleet.

Winter Work Kicks Off at Great Lakes Shipyard

Photo: Great Lakes Shipyard

The start of the winter layup season at Great Lakes Shipyard is marked by the arrival of Interlake Steamship Company’s articulated tug-barge Dorothy Ann and Pathfinder. The ATB will remain berthed in the yard for planned repairs and routine maintenance, as well as various inspections and miscellaneous renewals.   Other winter layup and repair work scheduled for this winter will include Inland Lakes Management’s S/S Alpena, American Steamship Company’s M/V Sam Laud, and McKeil Marine’s Tug Leonard M and Barge Huron Spirit.   thegreatlakesgroup.com

Great Lakes Towing Assists Disabled USCG Vessel

The Great Lakes Towing Company came to the aid of the United States Coast Guard Monday night in the St. Marys River just two miles east of the U.S. Coast Guard Station, Sector Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. The 140-foot Bay-class Icebreaking Tug Katmai Bay (WTGB 101) was dead in the icy waters and required towing assistance to its homeport dock. Around 10:45pm Monday night, The Towing Company Tug Missouri was dispatched to break ice and assist the USCGC Katmai Bay back to its dock two hours later. The Tug Missouri is also homeported in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan to assist vessels through the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers locks and to provide emergency rescue assistance and icebreaking when needed. The locks connect Lake Superior to Lake Huron.

Winter Grips But Great Lakes Group Keeps Busy

Image courtesy of Great Lakes Group

The Great Lakes Towing Company says it has been extremely busy providing icebreaking assistance, and Great Lakes Shipyard has started repairs and maintenance on Interlake Steamship vessels, with more vessels contracted to follow. Recently, the 140-foot USCG Bay-class Icebreaking Tug Katmai Bay (WTGB 101) was dead in the icy waters and required towing assistance to its homeport dock, and the towing company's tug Missouri was dispatched to break ice and assist it back to its dock. The Missouri is also homeported in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan to assist vessels through the U.S.

Great Lakes Shipyard Completes Winter Work

Photo courtesy Great Lakes Shipyard

The vessels were berthed in the yard for planned repairs and routine maintenance, as well as various inspections and miscellaneous renewals. Great Lakes Shipyard also completed industrial maintenance and winter repairs at the Cleveland Bulk Terminal at the port in Cleveland, Ohio. The work included rebuilding one of the field conveyor hoppers. Carmeuse Lime & Stone operates the Port’s Cleveland Bulk Terminal, handling iron ore and limestone that arrive by ship from other Great Lakes ports.

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