Tatitlek Star

-- Posted: October 30, 2015

Catalyst was contracted by Crowley to do a complete overhaul of its oil skimmer Tatitlek Star based in Valdez, AK and part of the Alyeska SERVs fleet. Due to a coatings failure, the T-Star had extensive corrosion on the exterior of the vessel below the water line which required the entire vessel to get re-skinned. The scope of work included a complete replacement of all hydraulic systems, electrical systems, re-powering, replacing thrusters, and an overhaul of the layout for conduction oil-skimming operations. Hanson Hydraulics spear headed the extensive hydraulic work to the various systems onboard and Alaska Marine Coatings did a full blast to the entire exterior and re-coated the vessel. This three month project was completed on time and on budget. The Tatitlek Star is back in service read to provide emergency oil response services.


R/V Thunder

-- Posted: May 25, 2015

Aldrich Offshore Services received a contract to send its research vessel to the North Slope. Catalyst was asked to make necessary modifications to the vessel for the project's needs. This included the following:

Replace hull material throughout the tunnel
Replace aft deck
Install Moon Pool
Reinforce hull frames and stiffeners throughout vessel
Modify House/Railings for removal during trucking operations up the Dalton Hwy
Modify and replace windows
Reinforce deck crane base


Vitus Haul-out

-- Posted: February 2014

CME teamed up with Vitus Marine to pull four vessels over the next two months. The work list includes modifications to improve the capacity of the chain lockers on the barges as well as repair damage done to the landing doors that have been beat up by our Alaskan waters. Props and shafts will be pulled on the tugs along with regular scheduled maintenance. The first Barge and Tug have been successfully positioned east of the Alaska Rail Road's Freight Dock. Over the next four weeks our crew of ABS and USCG certified welders will do necessary repairs and modifications. Once completed a second set of Tug and Barge will be pulled for similar work.


M/V Leviathan

-- Posted: May 18, 2013

CME purchased this vessel after it had been all but abandoned in a nearby ship yard where it had sat for 7 years. After cutting down the small trees that had been growing up all around it we pulled it over to our yard and began a complete restoration of this old Port and Waterways USCG fireboat. The vessel has a low profile aft deck, 2-Natural Cat 3208's, and a third Detroit 4-53 engine dedicated to the fire pump. In May the Leviathan was launched after being pulled from the water over 10 years ago. Here is a short list of the work that was performed.

Complete rebuild of the twin Cat - 3208's
Hull-damage re-glassed
Delaminated decks re-glassed
Mast modified
New Electronics
  -Furuno 4kw Radome DRS4D
  -Furuno NavNet MFD8
  -2 Icom M504
  -NMEA 2000
PPG paint job
Rigid LED deck lights

It was a happy day when we took her out for her maiden voyage on a beautiful day here in Seward, AK.


M/V Journey

-- Posted: May 15, 2013

Catalyst Marine Engineering recently finished modifying the M/V Journey for certification. This 48' x 16' Packman Landing Craft was designed by Munson and was originally a non-inspected vessel.

Over the past few months we:
-Removed the decks to install a watertight bulkhead
-Installed structural stantions to increase payload
-Enlarged freeing ports in cargo deck
-Installed new handrails
-Installed new tank vents
-Refastened and pressure tested the deck to satisfy the USCG for COI
-Applied bottom paint and deck paint

Soon the M/V Journey will be leaving our yard to go on contract.


Noble Discover & Kulluk Secured For Ship Lift Travel

-- Posted: March 3, 2013

Soon after the Xiang Yan Kou, a 711-foot Chinese offshore heavy lift ship from Singapore appeared in Resurrection Bay Febuary 28th to dry tow the Noble Discover to South Korea, Catalyst Marine Engineering., was ready to position, fit and secure 44 sea fasteners to the deck of the XYK for the trip across the Pacific.

For five days, beginning March 3rd, CME began its work. Two crews, each with eight welders and two supervisors worked around the clock to accomplish the job. Each of the lift ship’s sea-fasteners were positioned and welded directly to the deck of the XYK. This would prevent the drill ship from shifting, moving or swaying, even if the vessel encountered heavy seas. The fasteners were spaced out along the hull’s center, bow and stern. It took the 20-person team five days and nights to accomplish the work. Finally, each of the welds was carefully inspected and certified by Alaska Industrial X-Ray, Inc.

The Kulluk, which had been conventionally towed to Dutch Harbor, required the same work on a sister ship to the XYK. In a last minute decision CME was called to continue work already begun on the vessel. A smaller crew was sent and finished the remaining work without any delays.