The Port of Toledo’s new 660 ton boat lift has been transforming port operations since the day they fired it up. All manner and fashion of seagoing craft have been worked on and sent back out to sea to make their owners either more money or gather more scientific data, like the Hatfield Marine Science Center’s Research Vessel Pacific Storm.
The Pacific Storm motored upriver to the newly rebuilt Port of Toledo for a wash job and some minor going-over. Port Manager Bud Shoemake says the Pacific Storm will be back next year for a more thorough assessment and possible upgrades and/or repairs.
The new boat lift has grown the port employee base to 17 full time workers and 3 part-time – and of course a whole slew of new contract workers as well. Shoemake said after the Pacific Storm is done the F/V Lady Kay will pull in under the lift and up she’ll go for a new cutless and a beautiful new paint job.
Bud Shoemake and his port team are having a lot of fun being the big lift on campus – that’s for sure. The next big item to be added is the new – and very Yuuuuge – indoor work building where repairs can be made to boats out of the weather and boat painting year round inside the building’s climate controlled interior.
Economic development and job growth. This is how you do it!