A second Articulated Tug Barge unit (ATB) Paul McLernan and the 155,000-barrel barge 155-02 for Houston-based tank barge operator Kirby
Corporation has been delivered by Sturgeon Bay, Wisc. shipyard Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS), a subsidiary of Fincantieri Marine Group.
Following the delivery of the first ATB in the fall of 2016, the recent delivery completes a contract signed in July 2014.
“Our contract with Kirby to build a pair of ATBs was significant for our FBS team,” said Todd Thayse
, FBS vice president and general manager. “This vessel is expected to exceed performance expectations as her sister vessel has already done over the past year.”
The newly built 6,000-HP tug measures 123’ X 38’ X 22’, is certified ABS Class +A-1 Towing Service, +AMS, and is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation and communications technology, the builder said.
Kirby currently operates several ATB units built by Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding in the mid-2000s.