Great Lakes Shipyard takes cutter into dry dock

The following is the text of a news release from Great Lakes Shipyard:

(CLEVELAND) — United States Coast Guard cutter Katmai Bay (WTGB-101), home-ported in Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., arrived at Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, for dry-docking, inspection, maintenance and repairs on July 8. The contract includes hull, propulsion and steering system inspections, as well as steel repairs, hull cleaning and painting. The 140-foot Bay-class icebreaking tug was hauled out on Monday, July 13 using the shipyard’s 770-ton Marine Travelift — the largest on the Great Lakes.

Unit missions for Katmai Bay include icebreaking, homeland security patrols, lighthouse projects, law enforcement and public affairs. The USCGC Katmai Bay serves throughout the entire Great Lakes system.

This is the third USCG icebreaking tug to be hauled out using the Marine Travelift at Great Lakes Shipyard. The Travelift system is extremely efficient and allows the shipyard to accomplish more work, on bigger vessels, in a better manner. Great Lakes Shipyard has performed work aboard all of the USCG’s Bay-class icebreakers, including the fleet installation of new Avtron main propulsion control systems at the cutter home ports. The Katmai Bay received its MPC system installation at its home pier in Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., in 2012.

By Professional Mariner Staff