has signed a second contract with Fall River,
Massachusetts-based Sea Boats, Inc. to build another 80,000-barrel, double-
hulled barge. Construction of this new, environmentally friendly vessel is well
underway and is expected to be complete by April of 2004.
Earlier this year, Sea Boats launched the "Tennessee," its first 80,000-barrel,
double-hulled barge built by Senesco Marine. Sea Boats then needed another such
barge built, and fast. "Because of new Federal guidelines, our customers must
replace their single-hulled barges with double-hulled vessels," explained Gary
Schuler, Senesco Marine's Chief Executive Officer. "In many cases, the new
barges must be in place by 2005. To accommodate our customers, we've
maximized our production capacity by implementing a new, on-time design,
build, and deliver process."
In an effort to help protect our environment from oil spill accidents, tougher
Federal regulations were enacted in 1996, mandating that all oil barges be
double-hulled by the year 2015. The Federal legislation also forced the
retirement, as of 2005, of single-hulled barges that are 25 years old or older.
Sea Boats found itself in the latter situation with its next barge, so company
executive Don Church turned once again to Senesco Marine. "Senesco Marine
delivered a quality vessel the first time around," Church began. "And the people
at Senesco Marine are not only great to work with, they're exceptionally talented
as well. So our decision to return to them for our next double-hulled barge was
an easy one."
Schuler said that the new barge that his company is building for Church will be
even more impressive than the first one. "The new barge will sport a sleek new
design, developed by the architectural firm of Guarino & Cox, our new strategic
New design features include a raised trunk that will be smooth on the outside.
The bow and stern will also be built differently to make towing of the barge an
easier task for tugboats. The barge's crew, according to Schuler, should find that
this vessel is safer and easier to maintain as a result of these design changes.
With the new barge slated for completion by April of 2004, Schuler reports that
Senesco Marine is already 6 weeks ahead of schedule. "Our second Sea Boats
barge is putting our new, on-time design, build, and deliver process to the test,
and I'm pleased to report that we're doing very well."