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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Deck Barge News

Crowley Launches Heavy-Lift Deck Barge 455-6

With Crowley's vessel construction boom in full swing, shipyard employees, Crowley personnel and distinguished guests paused this weekend to welcome the newest heavy-lift deck barge to the Crowley fleet - the 455-6 - sixth in a series of heavy-lift deck barges slated to be built and put into service by 2013. Against the backdrop of a Hawaiian-themed christening, Sandi Gresham, the wife of Bruce Gresham of Heerema Marine Contractors in Houston, Texas christened the barge with a bottle of champagne, launching it into the Willamette River at the Gunderson Marine shipyard in Portland.

Crowley's Newest Heavy-Lift Deck Barge, Portland

Photo courtesy Crowley

Crowley welcomed the newest 400-ft by 105-ft, heavy-lift deck barge to its fleet August 29 at a christening celebration at the Gunderson Marine shipyard in Portland, Ore. Micki Harrison, Crowley's regional human resources manager, did the honors, smashing a bottle of champagne on the side shell of the barge 455 7 and sending it hurtling into the Willamette River. The barge is the fourth heavy-lift deck barge christened by Crowley this year and the seventh in a series of heavy-lift deck barges slated to be built and put into service by 2013.

Crowley to Boost US Mainland-Puerto Rico Trade

Photo: Crowley

Crowley Maritime Corporation’s liner services group will add a 400 FEU capacity, flat deck barge to its South Atlantic Puerto Rico service in the first quarter, increasing the rotation between Jacksonville, Fla., and San Juan to four sailings each week. The company will also replace the existing 580-foot, triple-deck barges with larger, recently modified 730-foot, triple-deck barges in the North Atlantic – Puerto Rico trade, between Pennsauken, N.J., and San Juan, increasing capacity by over 40 percent in that lane.

Bisso Responds to Damaged Railroad Bridge

Following an emergency call, Bisso Marine mobilized the 600 ton capacity D/B Lili Bisso to Amelia, La., to lift the Bayou Boeuf Railroad Bridge which had been struck by a tug and barge resulting in significant damage to the bridge span. Upon arrival at the site, the D/B Lili Bisso lifted the damaged 200 ton bridge span and placed it on to a deck barge. The bridge span was then transferred to a local repair facility where the D/B Lili Bisso would again lift the bridge span and place it into the repair yard. Upon completion of the repairs, the D/B Lili Bisso again lifted the repaired span and placed it back on to the deck barge. The deck barge and D/B Lili Bisso were then transferred back to the rail line where the span was put back on to its supports allowing the rail traffic to resume.

Former ‘Google Barge’ Sold

Photo: Marcon International

After concluding two 3,500HP tug sales on December 30, Marcon International Inc. has started 2015 with three ocean barge sales, and hopes to report on several additional sales before the end of this month. Five 4,500-6,000HP tugs, one 5,150BHP AHTS and two 3,200 – 5,500dwt ocean barges continue to be fixed on previously arranged long-term charters. The most recent transaction is the purchase by private U.S. West Coast Buyers of the former “Google barge JMC 262” (ex-BAL0001, CIB 721) from Cashman Equipment Corp.

Crowley to Christen Barge

On July 28, Crowley Maritime Corporation will christen the 455-2, the second of three new Heavy Lift 455 series deck barges being built to handle project work for the offshore energy industry - primarily in the Gulf of Mexico. The 455-2 is one of three 400 x 105-ft.-wide deck barges to be built at Gunderson Marine's shipyard in Portland, Oregon. The media is invited to attend this christening, which will feature the traditional breaking of a champagne bottle against the hull and the subsequent launch and spectacular splashdown into the Willamette River.

MarAd Approves Vessel Sale and Transfer

The Maritime Administration (MarAd) has approved a vessel sale and transfer under section 9 of the Shipping Act, of 1916, as amended. MarAd has given approval to Dewey Seymore & Associates, of Folsom, California, to sale the deck barge EM1005, to China Harbour - Costain Mexico S. de. R.L .de. C.V., Mexico and transfer of said Vessel to Mexican registry and flag. The deck barge was built by Bollinger Marine Fabricators and has a gross tonnage of 1072.

Conrad Announces New Contracts and Deliveries

Conrad Industries, Inc. months. 111’x66.5’x10’liftboat. liftboats in progress previously announced by Conrad. that range in size from 120’x30’x7’ to 200’x40’x7’. barge in June. delivered to Penn Maritime of New York. 35,000 bbls. of asphalt. captain. barges, one to Inland Barge Rental and one to Traylor Brothers. W.C. 140’ deck barges. NY. 35’x 9’. necessary to accommodate the end use. The Fish Stocking Vessel, “Spencer F. June to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. the fish stocks in Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. Cross A1, AMS, Survey/Fishing Vessel. accommodations for 3 crew members and 5 scientists.

Ocean Deck Barge Sold

The barge was classed ABS +A1 Barge, Unrestricted Service and built with a 12mm side shell and 16mm bottom and deck plate. Uniform deck load is 15mt/m2. The 300’ (91.5m) x 90’ 27.46m) x 18’ (5.50m) barge will head for under her new name, Nostag 10. The buyer requested removal of the bin walls prior to delivery. This is the second newbuild barge that Marcon International of Coupeville, Washington has sold from this shipyard. Marcon acted as sole broker. To-date this year Marcon has sold 7 ocean deck barges totaling 52,029dwt capacity. Since 1990, when we started closely tracking sales, Marcon has sold 95 ocean deck barges with an aggregate capacity of over 600,000dwt. Sales are pending on several additional vessels and barges with closings expected within two weeks. (www.marcon.com)

Conrad Delivers Massive Deck Barge to JR Gray

Photo: Conrad Shipyard

Conrad Shipyards announced today the delivery od a 200’ x 100’ x 19’10” ABS-classed ocean deck barge to Gray Offshore. The barge, Julius, is the first project delivered from Conrad Shipyard’s newest facility, Deepwater South, in Amelia, La. John Gray, president of Gray Offshore and its affiliated Gray Barge Companies, who provides a fleet of over 90 inland, spud, waste, rock and deck barges for charter, said, “This addition to our fleet, with its 6,000 lbs/ft, heavy-duty deck configuration and radial “spoon bow offers customers optimal solutions for their heavy lift needs.

Brokers Marcon Conclude Ocean Deck Barge Sale

Barge HML 240-2: Photo credit Marcon International

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington says that Pacific Coast Maritime, Inc., Seattle, Washington, a subsidiary of Harley Marine Services, Seattle, has concluded the sale of its 240’ ABS ocean deck barge “HML 240-2” (ex-Aqua 242, MK-242, Foss 242) to Island Tug & Barge Co. also of Seattle. Marcon International explain that the 240’ x 60’x 16’ flat deck barge was originally built by Todd Shipyards Corp. of Houston, Texas for Foss Maritime in 1967, and acquired by Pacific Coast Maritime, Inc. in 2000 as the “Aqua 242”.

Moran Iron Works Awarded Barge Building Contract

Moran Iron Works (MIW) was recently awarded a contract to build two ocean going deck barges for Durocher Marine, a division of Kokosing Construction Co., based in Cheboygan, Michigan. The two deck barges will be 180’ X 54’ X 12’ with 2,500 lb/ft2 deck strength and 2,400 short ton cargo capacity. They will be built in accordance with International Maritime Organization (IMO), American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), and United States Coast Guard (USCG) regulations and classifications. The barges will follow ABS rules for building and classing steel barges for offshore service. They will be classed as ABS A1 Ocean Service Deck Barges and will have an International Load Line Certificate.

Crowley to Build 400 x 105 ft. Deck Barges

Crowley has awarded a two-barge construction contract to Gunderson Marine of Portland, Oregon, with the first vessel to be available for service in early 2007. The new construction of these two Heavy Lift Series 400 x 105 ft. deck barges to handle project work for the offshore energy industry in the Gulf of Mexico will expand and keep current Crowley's fleet for customers of the company's marine services business segment. Crowley's new Heavy Lift Series 400-x 105 ft. barges will provide both the capacity and deck strength needed to accommodate the favored larger units for deepwater development. The barges will also be suitable for use in other regions, including Alaska, where Crowley has regularly performed summer sealifts to the North Slope.

Conrad Industries Announces Backlog and New Contracts

Conrad Industries, Inc. million at December 31, 2006. Bay-Houston Towing Co. vessels for the others under construction. additional 214’x42’x12’ 8,500 bbl. our Morgan City facilities. by two other customers.

Signal Enters Deck Barge Market

Signal International, LLC announced that the company will build a 300 ft by 100 ft ocean deck barge for Signet Maritime Corporation. The barge will be built at Signal’s Orange, Texas shipyard, with delivery scheduled for the first quarter 2010. In line with Signal’s marketing plan, large deck barges will be a continued product line for Orange, with multiple designs currently being offered. Signal’s yard in Orange has undergone a major transformation to elevate its marine and heavy manufacturing capability to world-class standards.

Tug Sinks Off of New York

(Source: USCG)

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a 26-foot tugboat lost control of the barge it was towing off Atlantic Beach, N.Y., Monday evening. Coast Guard and state officials are responding to mitigate any hazards to the waterways and beaches nearby. The Coast Guard was notified at 7:35 p.m. on Monday night that the towing vessel “PUSHY” had lost control of the 125-foot deck barge it was towing following an interaction with a large swell off of Atlantic Beach, N.Y. After the towing vessel and deck barge separated…

Madelaine-D 2502 Delivered to Argosy Barge Lines

Madelaine-D

Argosy Barge Lines, LLC of Bellaire, Texas, accepted the Madelaine-D 2502 as the newest addition to their fleet in March 2013. The ABS-classed deck barge was built by Sterling Shipyard of Port Neches, Texas. The barge was designed by Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) of Bristol Rhode Island, and construction of the vessel was overseen by BHGI’s sister company, The Shearer Group, Inc., of Houston, Texas. Madelaine-D 2502, named after Mrs. Madelaine D. Griswold, an officer and owner of the company, is a 250 ft x 54 ft x 12 ft load line deck barge with an allowable deck load of 2,500 lbs/ft2.

ASA Responds to Damaged Railroad Bridge

On July 10, a member of the American Salvage Association (ASA) was contracted, following an emergency call, to lift the Bayou Boeuf Railroad Bridge in Amelia, Louisiana, which had been struck by a tug and barge resulting in significant damage to the bridge span. Upon arrival at the site, the ASA member lifted the damaged 200-ton bridge span and placed it onto a deck barge. The bridge span was then transferred to a local repair facility where the member company again lifted the bridge span and placed it into the repair yard. Upon completion of the repairs, the bridge span was placed back onto the deck barge and transferred to the rail line where it was put on its supports, allowing rail traffic to resume.

Moran Iron Works Builds Two Barges for Durocher

Photo: Moran Iron Works

Moran Iron Works (MIW) launched two ocean going deck barges last week for Durocher Marine, a division of Kokosing Construction Company Inc. The two deck barges are 180' X 54' X 12' and built in accordance with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and United States Coast Guard (USCG) regulations and classifications. KOKOSING IV launched on Monday, April 20 and KOKOSING III launched Tuesday, April 21 at the deep water port at Calcite in Rogers City, Michigan through the company's Port Calcite Collaborative.

Conrad Announces New Contracts for New Barges

Conrad Industries, Inc. signed four contracts for the construction of 26 barges totaling $10.3 million. 120 x 30 x 7 ft. shale barges, 21 120 x 30 x 7 ft. 195 x 35 x 10.5 ft. deck barge, and two 214 x 42 x 12 ft. 8,500 bbl. tank barges. 120 x 30 x 7 ft. deck barges and two additional 214’x42’x12’ 8,500 bbl. double skin tank barges. addition of these core jobs to our backlog. are similar to others that we’ve previously built.

Ocean Deck Barge Sold

Marcon International, Inc. announced the sale of the 5,000tdw ocean deck barge Mitkof Provider from Alaska Marine Lines of Seattle, Wash., to Island Tug and Barge Co., also of Seattle. The 280’ x 60’ x 17’ barge was originally built in 1969 by Todd Shipyard, Seattle, Wash. as the “Vanliner 280” and after converted and named “Foss 280” served first as the foundation of a 221 man camp for Prudhoe Bay operations in the Arctic and later housed personnel involved in the Exxon Oil Spill Cleanup.. She was sold by Foss in the early – mid’90’s to Alaska Marine Lines who eventually removed the modular housing units and installed a new 7’ high fence and concrete deck with steel “T” beams every 42” allowing the barge to trade as a conventional flat deck barge. Island Tug and Barge Co.

Moran Sells Deck Barge to Private Buyers

U.S. flag, ocean deck barge “Norfolk” (ex-Columbia Norfolk, Ponce Trader, UMTB 331, MLC-331) (Image courtsy Marcon International)

Moran Towing Corporation of New Canaan, Connecticut have sold their U.S. flag, ocean deck barge “Norfolk” (ex-Columbia Norfolk, Ponce Trader, UMTB 331, MLC-331) to a private buyers on the U.S. East Coast who specialize in the transport of aggregates. The 331.3’ x 78.0’ x 20.3’ depth, double raked barge was built in 1982 by Marine Power and Equipment of Seattle, Washington for their affiliated companies Marine Leasing Company and Marine Logistics Corporation to operate in the Puget Sound / Alaskan trade. The ABS +A1 classed barge is fitted with 14.5ft.

Bollinger Delivers Heavy Load Capacity Deck Barge

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.

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