Material Specifications and Quick Turnaround Requirements Drive Great Lakes Shipyard Welding Efficiency Gains
“. . . we realized the programmable Power Wave® 355M would take us to the next step . . . it really simplified the process for our welders."
For Great Lakes Shipyard, a division of the Great Lakes Towing Company located on Cuyahoga River’s Old River Channel just off of Lake Erie, the order posed the ship designer and fabricator’s biggest challenge in recent history – designing and fabricating not one, but two aluminum ships, something the company had yet to do.
The USGS, which is funding the new construction through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will moor one ship at the USGS Lake Erie Biological Station in Sandusky, Ohio, and the other at the USGS Lake Ontario Biological Station in Oswego, N.Y.
The speed allows the owner to reduce transit time between sampling locations and the weight determines where the vessel can be pulled out of the water for the winter months.”
According to Peifer, all these factors are closely related to each other and made the determining factor on the USGS’ choice of material.