December 4, 2007
Puerto Rico floating dry dock starts operations
Puerto Rico Dry Dock & Marine Works recently began commercial drydocking operations in San Juan harbor, utilizing the first floating dry dock to be located in Puerto Rico in more than 25 years,
Named "Perseverance", the floating dry dock, is capable of lifting vessels more than 150 feet long, up to 62 feet wide and with a maximum draft of 14 feet.
The rated capacity is 1,000 tons and it is well suited for drydocking tugs, barges and interisland ferries.
"This is the first floating dry dock in Puerto Rico in more than 25 years and the only commercial dry docking operation in Puerto Rico," said Jacqueline Payne the company's president, administrator and attorney, who operates the company with husband Mark Payne who serves as marine manager. "Perseverance and all of the associated dry-docking machinery, training and infrastructure represents a $2 million investment in the maritime industry that will stimulate the commercial ship repair industry and is expected to create up to 24 new shipyard jobs," she said.
The dry docking company is a sister company of San Juan Towing & Marine Services, Inc., which has been servicing commercial vessels afloat for more than 10 years and provides a variety of services for owners of vessels serving Puerto Rico.
"The dry-docking business is the logical progression of our ship repair business and has been in the planning stages for more than seven years. The dry dock's name reflects the attitude that has made this possible," says Mark Payne.
The M/V Roanoke, an interisland car carrying ferry that operates in the U.S. Virgin Islands and is owned by Capt. Stanley Hedrington from Global Marine Enterprises in St. Thomas, was the first vessel on the dry dock and underwent work that included structural repairs to the vessel's bottom and running gear, changing out and upgrading all three of the main engines and cleaning and preservation of the bottom.