GCSG Launches Tank Barge for FMT

By Eric Haun
Friday, June 13, 2014
Splashing of FMT's 6,000 Series Barge by Gulf Coast Shipyard, June 17, 2014

Gulf Coast Shipyard Group (GCSG) announced the launch of FMT 6000, the first of Florida Marine Transportation’s (FMT) new 6000 series 6.4 PSI–30,000 barrel environmentally friendly tank barges.

The new series continues Florida Marine Transportation’s tradition of having the latest design and most environmentally-friendly equipment operating on America’s waterways. Utilizing proprietary engineering developed for FMT by the engineering group of Guarino & Cox, this series of new barges minimizes vapors escaping into the atmosphere while increasing safety factors when the barge is in operation. To further reduce emissions, all diesel engines mounted on these barges are Tier III/EPA compliant.

The new design achieves 6.4 pounds per square inch (PSI) of pressure and 2 PSI of vacuum with minimum loss of cargo capacity, allowing these barges to deliver more product for FMT’s customers than other barges with similar pressure ratings.

As with all barges GCSG has built for FMT prior to this delivery, this barge is ice-strengthened in order to minimize damage in harsh winter conditions. Remarkably, FMT’s barges suffered no damage when operating in severe ice conditions this past winter, one of the coldest in recent history.

The coating system for all FMT barges was also selected for reduce the release of harmful VOCs (volatile organic components) and is of a higher standard than normally found in the inland industry. FMT also requires painting of voids and other areas which would not normally be painted in order to insure the quality and longevity of their young fleet. FMT insisted that the construction of these barges take place entirely on concrete and under cover to insure that no paint or other contaminates ends up in the soil or streams. Additional spill containments and redundant gauging systems are also incorporated to protect against accidental overflow of product—all in an attempt to protect the environment and the safety of the crew. 

While many of the measures FMT incorporated in the design, construction and operation of this new barge series exceed current federal regulations; it is in keeping with CEO Dennis Pasentine’s vision when he founded FMT 20 years ago to operate in the relentless pursuit of a safe, efficient and environmentally-sound manner.

GCSG began building state-of-the-art 297 ft. x 54 ft. 30,000 barrel barges for FMT in late 2011 at its Gulfport, Mississippi facility. The contract currently calls for a total of 32 barges; however with options for 18 additional units, the contract could grow to 50 barges. GCSG is now delivering FMT barges on a 25-28 day schedule.
 

  • Christening of FMT's 6,000 Series Barge by Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, FMT CEO Dennis Pasentine and sons Dennis J. and John Pasentine

    Christening of FMT's 6,000 Series Barge by Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, FMT CEO Dennis Pasentine and sons Dennis J. and John Pasentine

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