TAMPA — International Ship Repair & Marine Services Inc. showed off its new $2 million, 240-foot crane Friday that company officials said will enhance their ability to bring new business to its Port Tampa Bay facility.
The purchase was made possible by a $980,260 federal grant for the crane, one of 11 Small Shipyard Grant Program awards in competition with 113 applications nationwide.
The crane can lift a U.S. Coast Guard vessel up to 87-feet long out of the water on a cradle and set it ashore, freeing up one of ISR’s six dry docks for other repair projects.
Even more useful is the enhanced capability to reach across to the outboard side of ships in for repair to remove heavy equipment, with state-of the art controls and safety capabilities, ISR Executive Vice President James Braukman said.
The crane built by the Manitowoc Co., in Manitowoc, Wisc., is named Ms. Kaitlyn in honor of ISR project manager Kaitlyn Roseman, who worked on the project to obtain the crane.
ISR owner George Lorton and Republican Port Tampa Bay board members credited Tampa Democratic U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor and Florida Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson with navigating competitive Capitol Hill project allocations to help the shipyard buy the crane.
“Florida is one of the top six states for ship repair and Port Tampa Bay is the leader in the state,” Castor said.