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Bigge Helps Repair USNS Montford Point

May 14 2015

Bigge recently provided a Manitowoc 16000 S-3 with 452,000 pounds of counterweight to repair the Vehicle Transfer Ramp for the USNS Montford Point. The USNS Montford Point is the first ship of her class of Mobile Landing Platforms. Named in honor of African American Marine Corps recruits, the Montford Point was christened in March 2013.

The Navy wanted an operational test of the repairs while the ship was still at dock. The work consisted of hoisting half of the Vehicle Transfer Ramp 10-20 feet above the support bench at a 6 degree angle. The VTR then traveled 110 feet forward of the stowage and then back to the resting position. The walking speed of the Manitowoc had to sync with the speed of the motor that assisted with pulling the VTR in each direction. In order to perform the job, the Manitowoc 16000 was configured with 98.4 feet of main boom, and 98.4 feet of Luffing Jib.

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