PAST PERFORMANCE

KAYAK EXPRESS

CONSTRUCTION OF A SPECIAL PURPOSE PASSENGER VESSEL

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LOCATION

HULL

LENGTH

DEPTH(MOLDED)

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Pictured Rocks Kayaking

Munising, MI - For operation along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Aluminum

64'

19'

December 2018 - June 2019

The 64’ by 19’ vessel was constructed of aluminium at Moran Iron Works’ headquarters in Onaway, Michigan. The purpose of the Kayak Express is to escort 72 passengers and 36 kayaks around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for guided kayak tours. This vessel features a custom-designed kayak launch system that is tailored to meet the specific needs of offshore kayak launching. 


“Fabrication officially began with the laying of the deck plate on December 6, 2018,” said Lee Fayssoux, project manager at MIW. “This is a very exciting project for us. It is a real privilege to have an ‘Pure Michigan' vessel in our shop. This vessel will not only be capable of carrying passengers, but will also be capable of deploying and retrieving guests in kayaks. It’s a revolutionary way of experiencing the beauty that Northern Michigan, particularly Pictured Rocks, has to offer. This vision was recognized by our customer, and acted on with development from MIW and our partner architect DLBA. We are ecstatic that they chose MIW for this build, and ecstatic that this vessel will serve tourists who visit the waters of Pictured Rocks.”

 

The Kayak Express was successfully launched in mid-June and now is at its home port in Munising, Michigan.

STANFORD H. SMITH

CONSTRUCTION OF A RESEARCH VESSEL

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DRAFT

DEADWEIGHT TONNAGE

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MAIN PROPULSION

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US Fish & Wildlife Service

New Franken, WI - For operation in Lakes Michigan, Huron and Superior

Aluminum

56'9"

6'1"

4'6" Max

63,582 lbs

20 knots

Twin John Deere 6135 SFM85, 500 BHP@1900 RPM

August 2016 - November 2017

Moran Iron Works was awarded the contract to build a 56’9” research vessel by the US Fish & Wildlife Service in August, 2016. Initial project planning began in November, 2016 with subsequent detailing and engineering work proceeding through January, 2017.

With the keel laid in late-January, hull work began in February. MIW staff, using plasma cutting and forming equipment, precision-cut and formed all aluminum plate and structural members used in the hull construction before preparing and welding the hull. Fabrication continued through Spring and Summer, 2017, With components and equipment being installed throughout the build process. In all, over a dozen specialized navigation and research systems are included in the vessel with the entire electrical system measuring over two miles in length. The boat is powered by twin John Deere 500 HP diesel engines and is designed to reach a speed of 20 knots.

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MAIN PROPULSION

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OTHER

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

Mackinaw City, MI - For operation in the Straits of Mackinac, MI

Aluminum

85' L x 22' B x 9' D

68 Tons

40 mph

281 Passengers

Three 2000 HP

December 2014 - September 2015

Classed USCG - Title 46 Chapter I Subchapter K: Small Passenger Vessels Carrying More Than 150 Passengers

Moran Iron Works was awarded the contract to construct a high speed aluminum passenger vessel to operate in the Straits of Mackinac. The MISS MARGY is a K Class passenger vessel built in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations. Moran worked with SeaCraft Design, a naval architecture and design firm based in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, for the vessel design.

The vessel was launched at Port Calcite in late May 2015. It was taken to its homeport in Mackinaw City where final cosmetic touches have been applied. The vessel was christened in July 2015 and underwent final sea trials prior to its formal addition to the fleet in late September 2015.

CONSTRUCTION OF A HIGH SPEED ALUMINUM PASSENGER FERRY

MISS MARGY

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WEIGHT

DURATION

OTHER

Durocher Marine, a Division of Kokosing Construction Company, Inc.

For operation in the Great Lakes

Steel

180' L x 54' Bx 12' D

500 tons each

May 2014 - April 2015

Classed ABS +A1 Ocean Service Deck Barges; International Load Line Certificate

Moran Iron Works was awarded a contract to build two ocean going deck barges for Durocher Marine, a division of Kokosing Construction Company Inc., based in Cheboygan, Michigan.

The two deck barges are 180’ X 54’ X 12’ and built in accordance with International Maritime Organization (IMO), ABS, and USCG regulations and classifications. The barges follow ABS rules for building and classing steel barges for offshore service. They are classed as ABS +A1 Ocean Service Deck Barges and have an International Load Line Certificate.

The keels were laid mid-summer 2014 at the Onaway fabrication facility. Both barges were launched in mid-April 2015 at the deep water port at Calcite in Rogers City, Michigan at the company’s Port Calcite facility.

KOKOSING III & KOKOSING IV

CONSTRUCTION OF TWO OCEAN-GOING DECK BARGES

GREENSTONE II

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U.S. Department of the Interior (Subcontracted by Schwartz Boiler Shop)

Lake Superior; Houghton, MI to Isle Royale, MI

70'

68 tons

Steel

May 2014 - July 2014

The GREENSTONE II, a U.S. Department of Interior fuel barge, was hauled out at the Port Calcite facility in late May 2014 with MIW’s 440-ton Manitowoc 16000 crane. Schwartz Boiler of Cheboygan, MI performed the blasting, painting, and repair work. Upon completion of drydocking, repair work, and inspections by the U.S. Coast Guard, the barge was relaunched at Port Calcite in late June.

Built by Fraser Shipyards in 2004, the 70’ long, 65-ton GREENSTONE II is a double-skinned fuel barge commissioned by the U.S. National Park Service for operation in Isle Royale National Park.

FUEL BARGE DRYDOCK, INSPECTION AND REPAIR

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OTHER

Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

For operation in the Straits of Mackinac, MI

Steel

91' L x 36' B x 10' D

160 tons

February 2013 - May 2013

Classed USCG - Title 46 CFR Chapter I Subchapter T: Small Passenger Vessels

Moran Iron Works performed a major vessel modification and repowering on Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry’s SACRE BLEU in early 2013.  The SACRE BLEU was constructed in 1959 as a 65’ steel monohull ferry. In 1986, the vessel had an additional 30’ added to the center span to increase capacity. In February 2013, Moran Iron Works was contracted by Shepler’s and began a major vessel modification and repower project on the vessel. The scope of work included extensive updates to the bow design as well as hull and deck strengthening reinforcements for increased durability, specifically for the purpose of allowing for an extended navigating season through ice-to-ice operational capabilities.  In addition, a full fixed CO2 fire suppression system was installed.

 

The vessel was hauled out at Port Calcite where the forward section of the vessel was removed as was most of the deck plating, leaving the aft and mid sections, the original deck-level pilot house, and internal framing still intact.  A new redesigned 25’ bow section was fabricated at our main fabrication shop in Onaway, as was a 47’ fully-equipped pilot house and passenger cabin. Both the new bow section and the pilot house were transported to the Port Calcite facility where they, along with the new heavier deck plating, were attached to what remained of original vessel.  Work was completed, and the SACRE BLEU was delivered in early May, in time for the 2013 season.

SACRE BLEU

PASSENGER FERRY REPOWER AND MODIFICATIONS

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LOCATION

MATERIAL

DIMENSIONS

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Shepler's Mackinac Island Ferry

Mackinaw City, MI - For operation in the Straits of Mackinac, MI

Aluminum

87' L x 18' B x 8' D

November 2009 - May 2010

In 2009, Moran Iron Works performed a vessel overhaul and a mid body extension on Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry’s THE HOPE. In November 2009, the 69’ aluminum monohull ferry was hauled out at Port Calcite and trucked to the main fabrication shop in Onaway. A 17’ aft portion of the vessel was removed and discarded, and a new 35’ section was fabricated in the shop and attached to the existing aluminum hull. The completed vessel is 87’ long with an 18’ beam.

 

During the fabrication process, other integrated systems were either installed or upgraded. Most significantly, the vessel was repowered with two new 1410 HP MTU 16V engines. In the process, the fuel tanks were relocated for improved stability after the extension of the vessel’s hull. The existing deck was also reinforced with new steel deck plating. State-of-the-art custom exhaust and electronic monitoring systems were installed as were new onboard systems for navigation, AC and DC power, potable water, heating, communications, and lighting. In addition, a full fixed CO2 fire suppression system was installed. The overall project increased the vessel’s capacity as well as extended its life and capabilities. The work was completed and the vessel was delivered in May 2010 in time for the navigating season.

PASSENGER FERRY LENGTHENING AND OVERHAUL

THE HOPE

MODULAR METAL SOLUTIONS FOR GENERATIONS

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Moran Iron Works is a HUBZone-certified Small Business Concern that was founded in 1978 by Thomas Moran and has their headquarters and largest manufacturing facility (125,000 total sq. ft.) in Onaway, Michigan, and access via their high-wire corridor to their Deep Water Port in Rogers City, Michigan.

 

MIW is dynamic fabrication facility that provides a full range of custom design, engineering, fabrication, installation, service, repair, and modification services throughout a number of industries including marine, power, industrial and hydro. 

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ONAWAY, MI 49765 
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