Van Isle Barge Services, Ltd. (VIBS) announces that its Van Isle Link and Sealink Pusher articulated tug-barge combination (ATB) has been placed into service rotation after successfully completing sea trials off the coast of Vancouver, British Columbia
. This commercial drop trailer ATB is powered by two fuel efficient, V228 medium-speed diesel engines provided by GE Marine, Erie, Pa.
Similar to others in VIBS’ fleet, the Van Isle Link/Sealink Pusher ATB provides cargo services between
Vancouver and Vancouver Island. In fact, with the addition of this new ATB, VIBS provides 60% of Vancouver Island’s groceries.
The short-sea shipping concept that uses commercial drop trailer barges allows
VIBS’ ATB fleet to act as roll-on and roll-off vessels to carry semi-trailers, automobiles, off-road industrial equipment
and other self-propelled vehicles. VIBS’ drop-trailer transport services offer
a safe, secure shipping alternative, saving approximately 50% over traditional driver accompanied ferry transport by eliminating the cost of tractor and driver during the ferry waiting/sailing process.
VIBS’ ATBs operate between the Vancouver inland port of Fraser Surrey with Vancouver Island
’s Duke Point port in Nanaimo. Van Isle Link is powered by an 8-cylinder V228 diesel engine rated at 1,750 horsepower (hp) at 900 rpm. Sealink Pusher uses GE’s 12-cylinder V228 diesel, rated at 2,500 hp at 1,050 rpm. Both engines were built at GE’s Grove City, Pa. manufacturing facility.