Miami shipyard adds 100-ton travel lift

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RMK Merrill-Stevens is undergoing a major renovation.

RMK Merrill-Stevens is undergoing a major renovation.

RMK Merrill-Stevens, a Miami shipyard that was founded 95 years ago, is upgrading its facilities with a 2,700-ton shiplift and a 100-ton travel lift. When completed this year, the north yard will offer multiple dry berths up to 230 feet and in-water berths ranging from 130 feet to a 450-foot berth that can accommodate multiple yachts.

The addition of the superyacht lift on the north side of the Miami River and a 100-ton travel lift on the south side are part of a $30 million upgrade that includes new facilities, equipment, shops and crew amenities. The 100-ton lift replaces a 1950s era 70-ton model.

“Our goal is to exceed the demands of the most discerning clients and offer high-quality workmanship with unsurpassed honesty and integrity,” said Aaron Leatherwood, president and CEO of RMK Merrill-Stevens in a statement. “The modernization efforts, energized new team and customer focused culture are attracting clientele excited to find quality service for yachts of all sizes.

The shipyard continues to operate during the construction and it’s an official service and warranty center for Sealine, Fjord, Maori and Newport Custom Yachts.