JAG Alaska Inc., Seward Shipyard completes perhaps the largest, on-land ship repair ever in Alaska: Columbia Boston Barge
On Wednesday, February 17, 2021, JAG Alaska Inc., Seward Shipyard successfully hauled 2200-ton Columbia Boston barge onto land to complete what may be the largest, on-land ship repair project ever in Alaska. Hauled out of Resurrection Bay on airbags controlled by a hydraulic system, the Columba Boston is longer than a football field and more than half as wide.
JAG Alaska Inc. partnered with Sockeye Point Marine Services whose yard near the shipyard provided the ideal location to accommodate this massive project, and potentially more like it and even larger.
JAG successfully completed the Columbia Boston ship repairs and returned the vessel to water on Friday, February 26. The completion of this historic project has the potential to open up Seward to service a range of larger vessels, including oil response barges and others. Due to facility limitations here in Alaska, these vessels were forced to shipyards in Seattle and Portland for marine repair and maintenance services. This transport required weeks of down-time and enormous costs.
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