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Ferry WILLIAM MARKET

December 14, 2010

Great Lakes Shipyard completes repairs to ferry

Great Lakes Shipyard, Cleveland, Ohio, has finished maintenance and repairs on Miller Boat Line's ferry William Market for its U.S. Coast Guard 5-year inspection. This is the second Miller Boat Line vessel this year to visit Great Lakes Shipyard. Earlier this year the shipyard completed a 40 foot long mid-body extension and repowering of the M/V Put-In-Bay..

The William Market is an all-steel passenger and vehicle vessel. Built in 1993, it is 96 feet long and Coast Guard approved to carry 500 passengers.

Work on the vessel iincluded repairing the ramp, installing hydraulic silencers, hull painting, blasting and painting ballast tanks, installing two new props and painting the upper deck.

In addition to this, all of the ferry's exterior fiberglass bench seats were replaced with new aluminum bench seats. The William Market is an all-steel passenger and vehicle vessel which was built in 1993, is 96 feet long and Coast Guard approved to carry 500 Passengers. This is the second time this year Miller Boat Line, the vessel's owner, has entrusted one of its vessels to Great Lakes Shipyard. Earlier this year Great Lakes Shipyard completed a 40 ft. long mid-body extension and repowering of the M/V Put-In-Bay.

Great Lakes Shipyard, a division of The Great Lakes Towing Company, operates a full-service shipyard and dry dock in Cleveland and has expanded its capabilities and workforce to include new "HandySize" tug, barge and vessel construction, and repairs as well as aluminum and steel fabrication.

Yard capabilities will soon be ehanced by new 700-ton Marine Travelift.now being manufactured by Marine Travelift, Sturgeon Bay, Wis., that is scheduled to be installed in mid 2011. This Travelift will be the largest of its type on the U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes, and the second largest Travelift in the western hemisphere.

The Great Lakes Shipyard's order book now includes orders for construction of two new 70-foot aluminum research vessels for U.S. Geological Survey's Great Lakes Science Center, a new 3,200 h.p.handysize tug, two floating restroom barges for the U.S. National Park Service and the drydocking of the USGS research vessels Grayling and Sturgeon. The shipyard just completed the delivery of two new barges for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to be used on the Corp's Upper Mississippi

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