Pictured from left to right: Bob Jarvis, Senesco Marine President, Captain Mary Landry,USCG of the Port of Providence, Gary Schuler, Senesco Marine CEO, Leslie Gardner, wife of Tom Gardner, and Tom Gardner, VP of Finance for Senesco Marine.
October 17, 2003
Certification for new Senesco Marine dry dock
Representatives from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation and the U.S. Coast Guard joined today with local elected officials and employees of Senesco Marine, North Kingstown, R.I,, employees to christen a recently built dry dock and also celebrate the dry dock's receipt of a key certification that has already significantly increased the company's repair business.
The certification of the dry dock Leslie G by internationally recognized Heger Dry Dock, Inc, of Holliston, Mass. now allows the shipyard to compete for valuable government repair contracts.
"The certification of the Leslie G paves the way for Senesco Marine to actively bid for future governmental repair contracts, all of which contain the prerequisite of a certified dry dock," said Gary Schuler, CEO of Senesco Marine.
Company officials predict th certification will keep the company's repair business "very active in the months and years ahead."
The recent certification has already paid major dividends as Senesco Marine officials announced today that the company has been hired to repair the Endeavor, the NOAA research vessel operated by the University of Rhode Island's School of Oceanography.
Other repair jobs made possible by the new dry dock's certification include the NOAA research vessel Albatross IV and the state of Maine's Department of Environmental Protection Oil recovery barge the "Netepenaesit."
While Senesco Marine's repair business has seen steady growth, the company is best known for producing high quality double-hulled liquid fuel barges. Last year the shipyard christened two 80,000-barrel double-hulled fuel barges and currently has two more under construction.
Along with the Leslie G receiving certification, five Senesco Marine employees completed a 5-day Dock Master Training course in August. Those employees are: Corey Ricouard, Matt Agin, Dave Nerney, Chris Bradley and Red Warren. The course was tailored for Senesco Marine's dry dock and administered by DM Consulting of San Diego, California.
The Leslie G is 255 feet long with 82 feet between the wing walls. The pontoon depth is 9 feet. The certification by Heger Dry Dock, Inc. gives the Leslie G a rated lifting capacity of 3500 Long Tons.