Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Two Tugs and a Barge Drydocked

OLIVE L. MOORE departed the east slip of Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair at 0630 this morning and began breaking ice in Presque Isle Bay, in preparation for the movement of several vessels at the yard this morning. OLIVE L. MOORE broke several tracks to the north of Donjon and returned to dock at 0700 this morning.

The crew on the MOORE then moved over to the tug VICTORY and began to prepare it for movement into the graving dock. After problems getting pumps on the VICTORY's engine running, the tug and barge JAMES L. KUBER began working away from the north face of Donjon at 0845, beginning the process of entering the dock bow first. The process was made more complicated by the fact that the VICTORY's port engine went down at one point during the move, forcing the captain to use one engine and the bow thruster to make the turn. VICTORY's engine came back online before the duo entered the dock.

VICTORY and JAMES L. KUBER were into position by 1130 this morning, with the tug disconnected from the barge, and the crew switched back over to OLIVE L. MOORE. MOORE then entered the dock slowly, rubbing against JAMES L. KUBER, and is docked in front of the KUBER. There are four vessels - FARREL 256, KUBER, MOORE and VICTORY - in drydock at this time, which is the most vessels ever drydocked at once at the facility.

OLIVE L. MOORE breaking ice this morning at 0645.

Close up of the 1928-built tug, which hasn't been in Erie since departing on its first trip with LEWIS J. KUBER in September 2006.

VICTORY/KUBER in the snow at 0819 this morning.

Twenty-six minutes later, the duo departs the dock in the sunlight.

Moving away from the dock.

In the bay, turning toward the dock. The duo turned several times from north to south and back again.

Turning north.

Turning south again.

Stern view of the VICTORY.

McKEE SONS and TECUMSEH in the West Slip.

Turning for the dock.

In the graving dock.

About 100 feet to go here and the duo will be in position.

MOORE departing the east slip.


Next to the KUBER.

Alongside and scraping down the side of the JAMES L. KUBER.

Another view as MOORE approaches the bow of the KUBER.

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