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Toledo Boat Lift Spat Appears Over – “Travelift” backs down

Ascom lift similar to the one Toledo is purchasing.

Marine Travelift has backed down on their threat to take the Port of Toledo to court because the port did not pick Travelift to be their next boat lift provider. Toledo picked Ascom that offers a bigger lift at a considerably lower price.

Marine Travelift contended that the Ascom lift was inferior and that parts would have to come half-way around the world from Italy, causing serious delays for commercial fishermen. Port officials denied the charges and are prepared to make the bid award final to Ascom on the 7th of September. They say the Ascom lift will lift a heavier boat for less money than a model offered by Travelift. Total lift capacity, 600 tons. It will insure that Toledo will be able to work on just about any fishing vessel in the Alaskan and West Coast fishing fleets.

Port officials say they did their homework on Ascom and found a number of ports that bought one or more of their lifts and they say they’re very happy with them. Port officials also point out that a local Toledo heavy marine supply and maintenance firm has experience with several brands of heavy lifts and can help manage any major maintenance or repair issues.

Port officials say Travelift’s court intervention cost the port time and money due to the delay. They say they’re glad they can move ahead and get the new lift to Toledo and get back to work. The port’s small, near-ancient dry dock was recently taken out of service. They say it’s just worn out prompting safety concerns.

Port officials say the new Ascom heavy boat lift should arrive and be in operation by late Spring.

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