Stevedoring

Weeks Marine operates one of the largest floating stevedore-crane operations on the East Coast. Over many years, the stevedoring team within Weeks Marine Services has reliably and efficiently served customers — from Nova Scotia to Texas — in the commodity trades of coal, salt, scrap metals, and a variety of minerals, fertilizers, and ore.

Weeks Marine also operates a nine-acre, dry-bulk terminal in the deep-water Port of Newark, NJ, in close proximity to the Greater New York area markets and the New England markets, via the inland and coastwise waterway system. Additional equipment is staged in the Philadelphia area to serve the Delaware and Chesapeake region, as far south as Norfolk and Richmond, VA. Long term relationships and operations have been established in Rhode Island, Virginia, the Delaware River, Chesapeake Bay, and the US Gulf Region.

In addition to other salvage operations, Weeks Marine’s stevedoring cranes have responded to emergency lightering on grounded ships, sinking barges and stranded cargoes when primary handling systems have failed. With the support of the greater Weeks Marine fleet of tugs and barges, the stevedoring group can offer a full-service operation of transportation and handling.

A variety of methods and experience has built our resume with very large steel, stone, and timber removal. The self-mooring capability and high capacity of the stevedoring cranes are often the only option, if not the best choice, for difficult work in the tidal zones.

The stevedoring team within Weeks Marine Services welcomes any opportunity to serve the greater maritime community with experienced personnel and high-capacity equipment.

The high-production, duty-cycle cranes of 12-ton to 150-ton capacity are pedestal or gantry mounted on self-mooring, fully-fendered hulls with peak transfer rates of 300 to 1,000 metric tons per hour. The larger, gantry-mounted floating cranes can efficiently reach several hatches of PANAMAX - class ships at anchorage, mid-stream or dockside.

Weeks Marine has vast methods and equipment to interface directly with barge, rail-truck transport systems. The smaller, pedestal-mounted floating cranes are ideally suited for shallow or confined work areas, barge operations or smaller lots of marine cargo, where the reduced economy of scale is of better value.

Supplementing the stevedoring trade, floating cranes can be utilized in other waterfront tasks, such as wreck removal, structural demolition, drift recovery, excavation, environmental mitigation or general fill projects.