Month: January 2018

Tenant Partner Spotlight: Engineered Yacht Solutions

At Lauderdale Marine Center, we place an emphasis on making sure the tenants we have on-site are the best in the business, consistently performing above standard for our shared customers. The fall is the busiest time of year for everyone at LMC, and on-site tenant Engineered Yacht Solutions was no exception. EYS specializes in welding, fabrication, pipe fitting, and plumbing and has been involved in some of the shipyard’s largest projects. EYS has been at LMC since 2015 and continues to prove their excellence time and time again.

In early November, EYS was working on two large projects that had their team fully occupied.  Bad Company, a 150’ Trinity had been in the yard for close to 18 months for major overhauls that included the replacement of 300 square feet of hull plate, the removal and reinstallation of main engines, generators, gyro stabilizers, gear boxes, and fire main. The vessel was also being fitted with custom stainless-steel rod holders and brand-new aluminum sea chest standpipes and crossover piping. Additionally, the team was working through a rush project on Helios II, a 167’ Palmer Johnson. Helios II is a Lloyd’s Register vessel that required a strut bearing cover replacement using materials that could only be ordered from a Lloyd’s certified vendor in New Orleans. Since having the parts delivered in the short timeframe was not a feasible option, the in-house engineer from EYS personally flew to New Orleans to retrieve the material. He designed a blueprint for the part, got it approved by Lloyd’s, and it was built and installed in-house.

With both projects in the works, another vessel came into the picture with a seemingly impossible deadline. My Seanna, a 185’ Delta, had been at LMC since early October for her 15-year survey. A heavily chartered vessel, her repairs and maintenance were scheduled to be completed so that the vessel could travel to Antigua for the start of her charter season. Upon starting the planned maintenance, additional issues arose turning the routine job into a major project with a strict deadline. Given normal circumstances, the work required on My Seanna would take at least 30 days, but EYS was given just 15 days to complete the work before the vessel needed to depart for the Antigua Charter Show. The EYS team burst into action replacing around 100 square feet of hull plate, the majority of an integral storage tank, both main exhaust trunks, and the sea chest standpipes and crossover pipe, all the while completing work on Bad Company and Helios II.

Although the plan seemed unrealistic at first, each passing day proved more and more that team at EYS had the skills to make it happen. They worked weekends and around the clock to complete all the required work, with full cooperation from the Captain and crew of My Seanna and Lauderdale Marine Center which allowed them 24/7 access to the vessel. The work was successfully completed by November 21st, one day ahead of the proposed deadline. Bad Company and My Seanna left in the same week ­– on schedule, and looking and running their absolute best.

“We believe that we have the best workforce in the industry, and it’s projects like this that really solidify that belief,” says EYS’s president Thomas McGowan, “Our guys knew what was expected of them and how crazy it was going to be, but they jumped on-board with the plan and executed it perfectly.”

LMC - Constantly Evolving

The previous 12 months have been incredibly eventful for us at LMC with many changes and upgrades to our facility. We’re proud of the work we’ve done to better serve our yachting community, and are excited for all of the continued upgrades that 2018 will bring.

In 2017 we made the following upgrades to better serve our customers:

  • New Lifts – The new river is now home to two new bright green boat lifts. In August, we introduced the yachting community to Brutus and The Beast. The brightly colored duo were assembled by the yard over the summer. Brutus, the smaller of the pair, has 220 tons of lifting capacity and can service boats up to 120′ LOA with 30′ beams. The larger lift, aptly named The Beast, has 485 tons of lifting capacity for boats up to 185′ LOA and 34.5′ beam. The shocking green paint scheme and graphics has made the pair uniquely recognizable.
  • Opening of Riverbend at LMCRiverbend at LMC is the newest addition to the LMC property and is now Fort Lauderdale’s newest and cleanest boat yard for vessels up to 80′ LOA. The newly renovated facility opened in October 2017 and features fresh concrete, new floating docks, and power upgrades. It features a 75 ton lift, and is perfect for use by the local boating community, or for the tenders to the larger vessels in the yard.
  • Reconfiguration of West Yard – We have reconfigured and re-powered the entire west working yard at LMC, and we now have an additional 17 spaces on the hard for vessels up to 120′ LOA.
  • Opening of the US’s first Marine Foreign Trade Zone – The FTZ at Lauderdale Marine Center offers great benefit to brokers and builders alike. For brokers, the designation allows foreign flagged vessels to be shown and demonstrated to US Citizens year round without the need for a boat show bond. For builders, foreign built vessels can be imported into the FTZ without the need to pay the standard 1.5% import tax, and they can be shown for sale to US Citizens year round.
  • Welcomed World Class New Tenants to LMC – Welcome to the following tenants who now call LMC home:

But why stop there? We have some exciting projects upcoming in 2018

  • Crew Gym – Construction is already well underway for our new Crew Gym. The gym will be accessible to all crew members, and features a wide array of equipment for use. We expect to have this project completed by February.
  • Dredging – We’ll begin dredging our marina in January, and when this project is completed by fall of 2018, we will have 12′ of depth throughout our entire facility.
  • West Dock Reconfiguration – While we’re at it with dredging, we will be reconfiguring our west dockage area. The area will transform into a marina for vessels from 80′ – 200′ LOA. The reconfiguration will include the installation of brand new floating docks and power upgrades throughout the marina.

2018 is sure to be another great year at LMC . Give us a visit – we look forward to seeing all of our “regulars” and meeting new friends in 2018.