Moran lays keel for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service vessel

Sparks are flying at Moran Iron Works (MIW) on the keel of a $1.9 million, 57-foot aluminum fisheries research vessel for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

The USFWS and MIW announced the project in November when the two parties met for an inaugural meeting in Onaway, Michigan. Preliminary design of the vessel was performed by Seacraft Design, LLC of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, with MIW working to finalize the design and construction drawings.

“The official laying of keel day was January 23,” said Jason Willis, Project Manager at MIW. “This well-designed vessel will provide a larger, faster and more efficient work platform for biologists in lakes Michigan and Huron for years to come. We’re proud to be a part of this project for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”

Construction will require some 11,000-man hours on the shop floor over the next 10 months, employing a crew of six. In October, the vessel will be transported by trailer to Moran’s Port Calcite location, the deepwater port in nearby Rogers City, for launch.

A live remote camera is available for viewing updates on construction on MIW’s website here.

Maritime Editorial