C G RAILWAY, INC.
C G Railway (CGR) was developed in 2000 by modifying two semi-submersible heavy lift vessels with deck rail to be put in service between Mexico and the United States as a short line railroad operating on a regular scheduled service every 4 days. The service has been operational in the NAFTA trade consistently since January 2001.
In response to market demand and growth in the NAFTA trade between the U.S. and Mexico, the vessels were further modified in 2006 to accommodate a second deck, thus effectively doubling the vessels carrying capacity of railcars.
The vessels serve the rail markets in the Eastern U.S. to Southern Mexico. The only Short Line Railroad operation on water, crossing the Gulf of Mexico with two ships every four days.
A perfect blend of innovation and the fulfillment of a need for expediency and short sea shipping between the U.S. and Southern Mexico.
The Lighter Aboard Ship (LASH) innovation was developed as a single-decked vessel with large hatches, wing tank arrangements, and a clear access to the stern. The LASH vessel had a gantry crane with a cargo handling capacity of approximately 450 LT. The function of the LASH mode of transport was designed and implemented to convey barges or lighterage from a stowed location aboard the ship to the stern region and to lower the barges or lighterage into the water.
The LASH mother vessel made its ocean crossing and upon arrival outside a designated port, used the shipboard gantry crane to lift the barges off the vessel and place them in the water. The vessel would then proceed on her voyage without delay. Meanwhile, the barges would be towed into the port to be unloaded and re-loaded. Ideally, the most effective use of the barges would be for them to be loaded and unloaded at river or harbor areas inaccessible to deep draft vessels. LASH in essence held the potential to increase the capacity of certain ports without the cost of building new facilities.
LASH INTERMODAL TERMINAL
LASH Intermodal Terminal Co. (LITCO) was constructed and owned by ISH for the purpose of establishing a multi modal terminal capable of handling import and export commodities via LASH barges. Barges were lifted from the river to a covered location where cargo was discharged and warehoused for distribution throughout the U.S. through truck and rail. Export commodities were received at LITCO and loaded into barges for movement to New Orleans and loading onto the LASH vessels calling Europe, the Middle East and South East Asia via ISH divisions of Forest Lines and Waterman Steamship Corporation.
NAVY HOSPITAL SHIP
Environment Control Cocoons. The Cocoon project was developed out of a requirement that the U.S. Marine Corps had to transport a modular mobile field hospital to various forward deployed locations for the purpose of swapping new equipment for older equipment. The project required that the entire modular field hospital be transported in a strictly controlled environment. Working with ISH approved vendors, the company created a “cocoon” structure that could be easily be positioned to air condition and control the environment of the on-deck cargo.
PELICAN REEF PROJECT
Floating Offshore Services Facilities (FOSF). The Pelican Reef project was developed for the purpose of creating a Shipboard storage and supply option for Oilfield operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The plan called for the placement of two large vessels off the Louisiana coast, offering a host of services for two oil drilling and exploration companies with operations in the Gulf of Mexico. The vessels were to provide water, fuel, warehouse space for supplies and materials, office & communication capabilities, heliport, and a mud, cement and waste disposal plants. Additional services of hotel accommodations and Hospital Emergency room services.
C. BASINS-SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCE
Afloat Forward Staging Base (AFSB). The development of a requirement by the Department of Defense (DOD) to convert a commercial vessel to support and provide living quarters aboard for forward deployed Special Forces units. The AFSB would have capabilities similar to a helicopter assault ship in that it had would have a flight deck and hangars, capable of supporting all types of military rotary wing aircraft.
A mother ship concept designed to transport yachts around the world following the endless summer. Rather than the yachts sailing the long distances, the mother ship would transport the yachts from home base in Port Everglades through the Panama Canal to scheduled and predetermined points westward where the individual yachts would be offloaded to cruise the short distances, whilst the mother ship sails the longer distances between points. Scheduled rotation would include the Galapagos, Marquesas Islands, Hawaiian Islands, French Polynesia, Vanuatu, Auckland, Sydney, Cairns, Maldives, Seychelles, Rio de Janeiro, Amazon River and finally back at Port Everglades.
Antartica Supply Vessel Project. The deployment of an ice strengthened vessel capable of carrying pre-fabricated dock system to be used for the offloading of supplies and materials at ports where proper port infrastructure was not available or iced in and inaccessible.