St. Johns Ship Building to Build Skanska Barge

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

St. Johns wins barge contract with one of world’s largest construction companies.

 

St. Johns Ship Building of Palatka, Fla. won a contract to construct a custom crane spud barge for Skanska, one of the largest construction companies in the world. This is the first contract St. Johns has signed with Skanska USA, a leading national construction company with 7,000 employees in the U.S. and 2010 revenues of $4.8 billion.

 

“In a highly competitive environment, Skanska chose St. Johns because they saw our previous work, spoke to our customers and recognized that we have earned a reputation for delivering top quality vessels,” said St. Johns General Manager, Bobby Barfield. Barfield also cited the yard’s strategic location as a major reason for landing the contract. The Palatka yard features a 98-acre state-of-the-art facility and a 1,200 ton dry dock on St. Johns River, easily accessible to the Atlantic Ocean and Jacksonville via the Intracoastal Waterway.

 

The 150-ft barge will become part of Skanska’s core fleet of vessels and has been custom engineered to accommodate a variety of sizes of cranes. The vessel will initially be outfitted with a Liebherr LR1300 330 ton crane and will support the Pier 5 expansion project in Norfolk Va. The barge will be built with grade A50 material which provides 50,000 pounds of tensile strength per square inch and will result in a lighter, stronger vessel.
 


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