Pacific Maritime Magazine - Marine Business for the Operations Sector

Final Barge Launched at Zidell's Southwest Portland Shipyard


August 1, 2017

The parallel-sided hull modules are assembled under cover and moved into place on the assembly area by the 80-ton gantry crane, where they are joined by the large bow and stern rakes. Photo by Peter Marsh.

Last fall, Jay Zidell, president of Zidell Marine Corporation (ZMC), announced that the family-owned company would cease work at its SW Portland shipyard after the launch of the tank barge under construction for Harley Marine. The company has operated a marine business on this site under the Ross Island bridge since 1946, when it began dismantling World War II surplus naval vessels from the 1950's to the 1970's. More than 300 were recycled before Zidell turned to barge building and became one of the west coast's leaders in that field. The last launch was the 238th from the Portland site, pl...

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