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WEEKS MARINE INCORPORATED
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Pictured: the Alexandra Photo by: Birk Thomas

Weeks Marine was founded by Francis Weeks in 1919.

The Weeks Stevedoring Company started with two cranes in the Port of New York, handling bunker coal and dry ballast.

By the beginning of World War II, the company had acquired a seventh crane and were loading military equipment bound for Europe to support the Allied Forces.

The workload of the war overseas had taken its toll on the Weeks fleet, so after World War II, the wooden hulls of the cranes were replaced with steel hulls, creating the Weeks 6 and 7.

In the 1950s, the Weeks Stevedoring Company ventured into a number of marine projects outside the field of stevedoring. The company performed salvage and dredging work, installed navigational aids for the United States Coast Guard, and even constructed a breakwater to protect the air shaft leading from the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to Governors Island. The company also became the prime contractor assigned to remove abandoned wooden vessels for the Army Corp of Engineers, work still contracted today.

In 1958, Weeks acquired their first crane to be used exclusively outside the field of stevedoring, the Weeks 500 . In 1960, Weeks acquired their first vessels to the fleet, two 120(ft) by 38(ft) deck barges which were built by Richmond Steel for Weeks Marine. In 1962, the company added their first dump scow, the Weeks 250 ; a 171(ft) by 43(ft) vessel. Also in 1962, the Weeks Contracting Company was formed to remove limitations which might restrict the company's future ventures.

Over the next ten years, the Weeks barge fleet had grown proportionally, creating a vital infrastructural core of the Weeks operation today. During the 1970s, the first dredge, the Venture , a 169(ft) by 41(ft) by 30(ft) hydraulic dredge. The company also acquired their first large tug, the William J. McPhillips ; a 105(ft) 2,400 horsepower, single screw tug.

In the 1980's and 90s' acquired the assets of various marine companies. During that time, Weeks substantial acquisitions were M.P. Howlett, a New York based stevedoring company, in 1983, American Dredging Company, one of the most famous dredging companies in history, in 1993, and T.L. James, another dredging company based in Louisiana, in 1998.

The Marine Transportation Division of Weeks Marine, Incorporated is comprised of hundreds of deck, hopper and specialized barges in conjunction with a fleet of tugboats, ranging from 1,000 to 4,200 horsepower, with individual tug bollard pulls up to 68 tons.

Weeks Tugs work in both, the domestic and international trade. Services also include harbor towing, emergency salvage towing, ship assists, and tending and towing for the marine construction and dredging industries.