AN INTRODUCTION TO LANI MARITIME
Lani Maritime is a young company, but Its history goes back 30 years. Chris Kirby founded the Company after 3 decades in the Marine Industry. As a Commercial Diver, Chris began his career literally on the bottom. After 10 years in Diving & Marine Construction, Chris transitioned to Marine Transportation where he spent 20 years with a prominent Tug & Barge Company.
The exposure to heavy-lift, bulk, break-bulk and liquid cargo expanded Chris’ experience and started to define his expertise in Cargo Ops, Vessel Operations & Maintenance, and Salvage.
Chris was recently accepted into NAMSGlobal as an Associate Marine Surveyor and is engaged in continuing education.
Lani Maritime draws experience from multiple positions and projects to support our Customers involved in Commercial Shipping and Heavy-Lift Transport. Whether you need assistance with project planning, or, you have the award and need to execute, we know the unknowns and can help deliver your cargo.
Our area of operation, and experience, reaches from The Great Lakes down through the St. Lawrence and out to the East Coast and the Canadian Arctic. New projects have us developing relationships and spending more time in BC.
HULL & MACHINERY
Lani Maritime can support your Hull & Machinery needs. Our Principal Surveyor has a thorough knowledge of Transport Canada Regulations, IACS -Class Rule and Underwriter’s Requirements and can support your demands for:
Condition & Valuation Survey
At Lani Maritime, we offer consultation services. Our Customers often call on us to support them in evaluating a potential cargo opportunity. If the need is for a short-term docking facility or a one-off discharge, we can work with you. We are often able to develop methodology and budgets. with case study support.
SALVAGE & WRECK REMOVAL
Lani Maritime’s Principal is recognized by Transport Canada, Canadian Coast Guard, Seaway, and various Warranty Surveyors as an experienced and competent Salvage Master. His experience with sunken, grounded, and abandoned vessels reaches from the Lakes and St Lawrence River to the US Gulf and James Bay. Starting as a Diver, he has seen every facet of salvage and wreck removal and can direct your recovery with a high level of precision ensuring a safe and timely recovery. From heavy equipment to fully loaded Lakers there are few assets he hasn’t recovered.
Lani Maritime is proud of continued relationships with multiple Contractors throughout the Great Lakes. We can help plan and manage your infrastructure upgrades or repairs. Floating assets either mono-hull or sectional can be prepared specifically for your project even when timelines are tight.
Lani Maritime maintains an inventory of survey and workboats. Our Ryan K is a trailer-able, 28 ft Ex. CCG vessel and is well suited to conducting a Bathymetric Survey. With twin 150 HP E-tec engines for reliability, and a full complement of navigational equipment it can work in just about any area. Our survey equipment includes a Bathy Logger bl200 200kHz Echo Sounder with a Reach RS2 RTK GPS Receiver. Data is collected and post-processed with HydroMagic software.
The effects of high water can be challenging for Property Owners on the Great Lakes. The need for Residential Shoreline break-walls and revetments will be an ongoing task. Lani can support your breakwater requirements from initial survey, engineering & permitting and through to installation.
WHAT'S WITH THE NAME?
Paul Kirby was an avid Recreational Sailor, and by today’s terms, a “Boatnerd”. He enjoyed sailing across the lake to Rochester and took a keen interest in the Commercial Vessels he saw on the route. My earliest memory of a “Laker” was from Sunday drives we would often take to Toronto Harbour to see who was in Port or laid-up for the season.
My interest in the Marine Industry can certainly be traced back to those early days. I was awestruck by the sheer size of the ships and amazed at how the tugs could handle them. I eventually became a Commercial Diver and found myself working on…or under those same vessels.
My Father passed away in 2015. In his memory, I named the Company “Lani”; the namesake of the boat he decided he had to sell in the fall of 1969 when he learned he was starting a family and I was on the way.