Today, Cleveland, Ohio-based Great Lakes Shipyard hauled out Coast Guard cutter Biscayne Bay using its 770-ton capacity Marine Travelift. The repair contract that started on May 7, 2014, includes drydocking and routine maintenance such as:
- Hull plating and ultrasonic testing
- Appendages and leak test
- Shaft seal assembly and overhaul
- Rudder assembly, remove, inspect and reinstall
- Anchor windlass, level 2 inspect and repair
- Vertical capstan, level 2 inspect and repair
- Propulsion shafting, remove, inspect, and reinstall
Work on the Biscayne Bay is to be completed by late July.
This is the second of the USCG’s six Great Lakes stationed 140' 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' buoy barges pushed by the Bay-class tugs, and the USCG Buckthorn, stationed in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. The Travelift is the largest on the Great Lakes in the United States and Canada, second largest in the Western Hemisphere and third largest in the world. It was specifically designed and sized for Great Lakes Shipyard to accommodate the Bay-class Coast Guard cutters and other vessels.