Bollinger Marine Fabricators, Amelia, La., has delivered OC 4126, a huge 400 x 126.5x 25-ft. extra heavy cargo capacity deck barge to Otto Candies, LLC, Des Allemands, La.
The rake bow, super jumbo barge whose open deck is rated at 5,000 pounds per square foot (PSF) enables it to carry extra heavy loads. Average deck barges are usually rated at 1,500 to 4,000 PSF. OC 4126 features a “skid deck” area meaning the wing structure from the fifth frame to the transom has been increased to handle a maximum of 4700 KIP static skid load. OC 4126 is US flagged and carries the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) class certificate Maltese Cross A1 barge designation.
Boysie Bollinger, chairman and chief executive officer of Bollinger said, ”While our shipyards have designed, built, converted and repaired many, many barges, this new Otto Candies barge is by far the largest heavy load barge we have ever designed and built. We are doubly proud of our record on this giant barge because our talented work force of naval architects and marine engineers designed it, and our other specialists purchased the steel and other materials, cut the metal, fabricated the components and erected the vessel, delivering it two weeks ahead of the contract delivery date. That is an example of the dedication and experience of the Bollinger team