The Manitowoc Company, Inc. won a new construction contract from Harley Marine Services, Inc. to build an ocean-class
, double-hull, hot oil tank barge. The 80,000-barrel capacity barge, which is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2006, will measure 369 ft. (112 m) in length, 78 ft. (24 m) in width, and 33 ft. (10 m) in molded depth. The contract includes an option for a second identical vessel.
The Harley barge is the tenth double-hull tank barge built by the Manitowoc Marine Group. The vessel features a flush deck design and is equipped with an onboard heating system to maintain consistent cargo temperatures of 160 degrees. It will also be ABS, U.S. Coast Guard, and OPA-90 compliant. Upon delivery, the barge will join a fleet of vessels to haul a variety of petroleum products, including #6 grade fuel oil, between Alaskan, Northwest, and West coast markets.