Pacific Maritime Group performed some urgent project logistics for Stevens Towing, when it provided a critical lift of the U.S. Navy TWR Devil Ray. Stevens Towing is capable and well respected in the maritime community. When their tug and barge arrived in San Diego to load and ship the Devil Ray to Norfolk, VA, the plan was to use the large Travel Lift at Marine Group Boat Works in Chula Vista.
When it was discovered that the barge was a little too wide for the slip, an alternate plan had to be devised quickly. Stevens Towing VP of Operations, Ben “Bos” Smith contacted our Ops Team and together the two companies’ combined efforts to solve the dilemma and keep the tight schedule.
PMG Ops immediately arranged for mooring for the Stevens tug and barge. At the same time, Stevens and PMG assembled the lift gear, a suitable spreader-bar, lashing and a custom cradle. A critical lift plan was devised for the PTS-250 Floating Crane.
The Stevens barge was moved into our San Diego facility on Tuesday March 30. On April 1, the TWR Devil Ray was safely lifted and placed into its cradle. Stevens departed San Diego for Norfolk on Monday April 5th after a whirlwind of teamwork and a combined can-do attitude.
Despite an already busy schedule, PMG was ready and able to assist with equipment and expertise when Stevens Towing called. The safe, efficient, and timely outcome was satisfying for all concerned.