Pacific Pile & Marine’s Pacific Lifter Heads to Alaska for the Summer Season
Pacific Pile & Marine’s Pacific Lifter leaving Seattle.
Pacific Pile & Marine’s DB Pacific Lifter left Seattle’s Elliot Bay for another season of work in Alaska. The largest floating crane on the West Coast, at almost 1000 tons capacity, was loaded with some of the piles that will be utilized in the coming months on the second phase of the Port of Alaska project in Anchorage.
The size and weight of the piles necessitated the use of the Pacific Lifter for loading on its decks as well as onto a second materials barge that will be towed in tandem to site over the next week.
The Pacific Lifter will also be utilized for installation of these piles.
Pacific Pile & Marine is in a unique position to install these piles full-length (no splicing required during installation!) due to our equipment and expertise in this area of marine construction. The piles have been coated with an epoxy coating system to prevent corrosion following installation.
The three breasting dolphins are 12 feet in diameter and 217.5 feet long. They weigh 622,342 pounds (311) tons each and have 1.5-inch and 2.25-inch thick pipe wall.
The Pacific Lifter is also transported six mooring dolphins, also 12 feet in diameter but slightly shorter at 202.4 feet long. They weigh 509,532 pounds (255) tons each and have 1.5-inch to 1.875-inch thick pipe walls.
This year the Alaska Railroad is celebrating 100 years of transportation people and cargo around Alaska. While the railroad is one of the states oldest transporters, it certainly isn’t the only one, and in this issue of Alaska Business we also check in on the Marine Highway, Span Alaska, and the White Pass & Yukon Route. For those interested in Southeast, our focus on that region provides updates on Kensington Mine, Tongass FCU, the troll fishery, and Juneau’s growing landfill.