McLean received a call from the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) on the afternoon of November 4, 2015 about a situation on one of their container vessels, the MSC Lily. Approximately seventy (70) of the Lily’s 40′ shipping containers had fallen over, become entangled in rigging, or otherwise damaged when the ship was involved in an extreme weather event in the North Atlantic.
McLean agreed to have a crew and equipment waiting to remove the damaged containers once the Lilly arrived in the port of Baltimore, and committed to have the work complete 72 hours after arrival. The Centennial, McLean’s 250 ton whirly crane, was mobilized to Baltimore from Norfolk within 36 hours, and McLean’s Baltimore shipyard supplied man-lifts and other equipment necessary for the project, just in time for the Lily’s arrival.
Utilizing 2 crews that worked 12 hours each for the next 3 days, McLean methodically worked at the difficult task of cutting or burning through twisted metal, then lifting damaged containers off the ship. Because many of the containers were high stacked and had been knocked into a precarious configuration, the majority of this work was done from man-lifts on a barge.
This extremely risky and dangerous project was safely and successfully completed in 3 days, as promised to MSC, on Monday, November 9, 2015.”