Long Painting was contracted to blast and coat the hull, prepare and apply deck coating and striping, paint the pilot house visor, and brush blast the aluminum for WSDOT’s MV Sanpoil. The new 20 vehicle ferry replaced the Martha S on Lake Roosevelt, otherwise known as the Keller Ferry.
When it was time for the 65-year-old Martha S to retire her ferry duties, Long Painting stepped in to ready the new Sanpoil for launch. The Keller Ferry crosses the Columbia River at a point most know as Lake Roosevelt—the 130-mile lake created by the construction of the Grand Coulee Dam. The area is rural and remote, with the nearest community of Wilbur (population 884) 14 miles away.
The final assembly and painting of the Sanpoil was completed on the shores of Lake Roosevelt. A large tent was constructed surrounding the 116’ vessel to contain spraying and blasting operations and protect the surrounding environment. Long Painting was allocated a 14 day window to blast and paint the vessel. Painting could not begin until all of the other trades had completed their work.
Because of the remote location, an equipment mechanic was a vital part of the crew mobilized to the job site. Keeping the blasting and spray equipment maintained and operating at full capacity was key to completing the project within the allocated time frame. Long Painting’s tasks were completed without interruption and ahead of schedule. The MV Sanpoil was launched successfully, ready to transport traffic across Lake Roosevelt.