CLEVELAND – At Great Lakes Shipyard here, the laying of the keel has marked the start of construction on a 60-foot work boat for the Port of Milwaukee, according to a press release. The city of Milwaukee, Wisc., awarded the contract in June 2011. The vessel is scheduled for completion by the end of this year.
Designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, Seattle, Wash., the vessel’s capabilities will include general harbor work, icebreaking, salvage and dive operations. The stem and hull shape will be strengthened to optimize performance in ice. Powered by a single 405 HP Cummins QSK11 Tier II diesel engine, it will have a maximum speed of 10 knots.
Great Lakes has been in the middle of a large expansion of its Cleveland shipyard. For more on the company and video of the christening of its new 770-ton vessel hoist, click here.