R&R Marine Shipbuilding,
Inc. entered into a multi-year
contract with Blessey Enterprises, Inc. of New Orleans, La., for the construction of up to eighteen (18) inland tank barges.
Blessey currently operates a fleet of 100 inland tank barges along
and inland rivers
of the United States.
The barges will be built at R&R's new construction facility in Port
Arthur, Texas. The first barge is scheduled for delivery in July, 2008 with
subsequent barges being delivered every 2 1/2 months. When completed, each
barge will measure 297.5 feet long by 54 feet wide and 13 feet deep. The
contract calls for the construction of both clean and black-oil barges.
According to R&R owners Ricky Martinez, Tommy Nugier and Keal Woodruff
"we are very pleased to partner with Blessey for the construction of their
s and to have the opportunity to work with Walter Blessey and his
team. We enjoy our current relationship for maintenance and repair of their
fleet and look forward to a long relationship for their fleet expansion