frinity Acquires Plotter Yard In Houston
Trinity Industries, Inc. has acquired Platzer Shipyard, Inc. of Houston, Texas. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The announcement was made by John Dane III, president of the Trinity Marine Group. Neal S. Platzer was and will remain president of the shipyard. Platzer, established in 1949, is a U.S. leader in tank barge cleaning and gasfreeing. The shipyard is now the 14th yard in the Trinity Marine Group, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trinity Industries, Inc.
The shipyard's 40-acre facility on Green's Bayou, just off the Houston Ship Channel, employs about 200 people and has capabilities for cleaning up to six barges at a time. The plant uses water, hot water, chemicals and steam in the cleaning process. A modern LPG flaring facility provides the capability to quickly and safely flare or burn off a wide variety of pressurized flammable products. The shipyard meets or exceeds all state and federally mandated environmental, safety and waste management requirements.
The new Trinity shipyard also offers design and construction of new barges as well as barge repair, maintenance and sandblasting and painting. It can repair up to 17 barges simultaneously, and is equipped with two marine railways with 1,000 tons capacity each, which can simultaneously dock up to six barges.
Tank barges up to 320 ft. (97.5 m) long with a 65 foot (19.8) beam with up to 1,000 short tons hull weight can be built at the facility. Indoor, modular construction capabilities include double skin or double hull oceangoing barges, hazardous cargo barges, pressure barges and barges with stainless steel cargo tanks for specialized cargoes.
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