New Drydock Means Brighter Outlook For Jobs At Everett Ship Repair

May 5, 2022

Everett Economy

This week there was a celebration at the Port of Everett as a new drydock was welcomed to Everett Ship Repair.

Gavin Higgins, Everett Ship Repair CEO; Lisa Lefeber, Director and CEO Port of Everett; Jon Hie Everett Ship Repair General Manager at the ribbon cutting. Photo Credit: Everett Ship Repair

On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, Everett Ship Repair, LLC (ESR) hosted a naming ceremony and grand opening for their newest drydock, the EMERALD LIFTER. The EMERALD LIFTER, formally the ZIDELL 220, was relocated to ESR’s facility at the Port of Everett last month. ESR performed maintenance and preservation before it was put into operation on May 3, with it’s first drydocking.

ESR formally introduced the EMERALD LIFTER at today’s ceremony, with a name tribute to the Puget Sound also known as the Emerald Sea. ESR also announced the grand opening of the drydock and our excitement of having the opportunity to immediately serve the marine industry dry dock needs with the EMERALD LIFTER.

The EMERALD LIFTER has a lifting capacity of 2000 tons and a working deck of 220’ x 62’. It will complement the facility very well with ESR’s existing dry dock the FAITHFUL SERVANT, a 430’ x 110’ 8000-ton capacity dry dock, which has been in operation since 2019. Additionally, ESR recently brought in a crane barge from sister company Nichols Brothers Boat Builders. The 150-ton link belt crane is positioned on a 180’ x 49’ barge and will service both dry docks.

At the Ceremony, ESR’s CEO, Gavin Higgins announced “Today we are incredibly pleased to introduce the EMERALD LIFTER.” Higgins continued expressing his excitement about the opportunities the new drydock brings to the facility and the impact it will have on creating jobs and adding to the shipyard’s skillset “We have built up our team over the last two years to approximately 80 full time staff, we look forward to the new dry dock grabbing the attention of local tradesmen as we can continue to grow our team and serve the industry in a larger capacity now with two dry docks”.

Higgins also welcomed Lisa Lefeber, Director and CEO of the Port of Everett as the honorary ribbon cutter. “I am very happy that Everett Ship Repair is here and that they are also expanding. This has been a critical asset for our region, like Gavin and Jon mentioned, keeping jobs here and keeping vessel repair here, and also supporting our local commercial fishing fleet, ferries and our Navy base. We will continue to support them and make you as successful as you can be.”


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