A Marine Launching, Lifting & Recovery Company


Center Lift transferred a newly constructed dry dock, weighing 800 tons, from land to another dry dock, traveling over a bulkhead.


This pipeline was crossing under two other high pressure gas lines and had to be replaced. Center Lift lifted over 1600 feet on each side of the crossing of the 36 inch concrete coated pipeline from 5 feet below the mud to 5 feet above to enable removal.


In a remote location Center Lift launched a newly constructed production barge weighing 1800 tons.



Center Lift’s innovative pneumatic roller system and patented Stability Control System ensures highly controlled lifts and launches, significantly reducing risk to personnel and assets. Our futures are built through our staff and our clients; we aim to protect them.

Green Technology

Center Lift, Inc. is committed to doing its part to respect and preserve the sanctity of the environment and the fragile marine ecosystems in which we work. Our innovative methods limit environmental impact on the terrain and produce minimal carbon emissions.


Our procedures allow us to complete a job at the most competitive rates. We also save time—making Center Lift’s systems the best alternative to other heavy launch methods.

Why Choose Us

Working diligently with our clients to accommodate their strict schedules and deadlines, Center Lift takes pride in being the most efficient, cost-effective, and safest heavy launch experts in the industry. James Pirtle, the owner and president of Center Lift, Inc., is a professional salvage master and commercial diver with over 20 years of experience in the marine industry.

Contact Us

James Pirtle
(504) 376-5340

Maureen Long, Ph.D.
Vice President, Finance & Administration
(504) 300-1347

Latest News
Workboat Maintenance and Repair Conference and Expo
14 APR

Workboat Maintenance and Repair Conference and Expo

Center Lift will be exhibiting at the Workboat Maintenance and Repair Conference and Expo on April 14 - 16, 2015 in New Orleans. Set a course to visit us in booth 900 at the Morial Convention Center, Hall J; we have many new offerings we are excited to share!
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Federal City Ribbon Cutting
18 MAR

Federal City Ribbon Cutting

In conjunction with the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, Center Lift, Inc. held a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 to celebrate Center Lift’s first year in our new building in Federal City. The event was well attended by our clients, vendors, and other local business leaders.
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Mobile Propulsion System Acquisition

Mobile Propulsion System Acquisition

Center Lift acquired a Mobile Propulsion System in October 2013. Center Lift’s anchor handling system (or AHS) is a completely truckable solution to your mooring system deployment needs.
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