How to lift a 110ft long, 125 ton Coast Guard Cutter

I’ve been extremely busy at work, which has been preempting my operating time. The Coast Guard Cutter Washington recently started a maintenance availability, and I’ve been acting as the Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (COTR) and Port Engineer.

A couple weeks ago, the ship was hauled from the water with two large floating cranes, each rated 100 tons each. The larger of the two cranes was built in 1944 - old technology that still works!

Moving the ship into position

Moving the ship into position

Using the fork lift as a tow truck

Using the fork lift as a tow truck

In position - time to hoist

In position - time to hoist

The propellers clear the water

The propellers clear the water

Clear of the water - all movement stops for 10 minutes to make sure everything is holding satisfactorily

Clear of the water - all movement stops for 10 minutes to make sure everything is holding satisfactorily

Pivoting the barges to bring the ship to the pier - the cranes stay locked in position

Pivoting the barges to bring the ship to the pier - the cranes stay locked in position

Almost there...

Almost there...

getting closer...

getting closer...

All done - time for lunch!

All done - time for lunch!

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This post was written by admin on June 18, 2011