International Ship Repair dedicates new Manitowoc crawler crane


International Ship Repair & Marine Services, Inc. (ISR) recently celebrated the delivery of its new Manitowoc 999 crawler crane at its Tampa, Fla., headquarters.

The purchase was made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD).

ISR was one of 12 shipyards to receive a grant through MARAD’s Small Shipyard Grant Program. In all, some $9.46 million was awarded.
ISR’s Owner George Lorton said the new Manitowoc 999 has “decidedly strengthened the company’s overall productivity.”
“The crane has fostered greater shipyard production efficiencies, increased competitive advantages and resulted in higher-quality repair services to ISR’s customers,” he said.

The company celebrated the arrival of the new crane with a dedication ceremony in April, naming it “Ms. Kaitlyn.” The event included keynote speeches from Congresswoman Kathy Castor and Senator Bill Nelson.

“This crane has contributed significantly to ISR’s maintenance of almost 250 shipyard jobs, and the potential to further positively impact future growth and development of Tampa Bay’s shipyard workforce and local maritime industry,” Lorton said.

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