Big barge order for Gunderson
Gunderson, through its marine and railcar divisions, currently has over 1,100 employees, 15% of whom are dedicated to marine. Gunderson is actively seeking 60 new employees due to an upturn in both the marine and railcar marketplace.
The Sause Bros. oil barge, the largest such double-hull barge ever built by Gunderson, will be 432 ft in length, 76 ft in width, with a deadweight of 16,000 long tons. Sause will use the barge to transport heavy oil products on the West Coast. Substantial construction of double-hull barges is anticipated over the next decade, as older single-hull barges are replaced to meet OPA 90 mandates. Other orders from Sause Bros. include barges for asphalt service, and clean petroleum product service for the West Coast and Hawaii.
Headquartered in Coos Bay, Oregon, Sause Bros. operates a fleet of over 60 tugs and oil and deck-cargo barges for customers throughout the Pacific Rim. Sause is a privately owned family business with a longstanding marine history. It has the most modern fleet of double-hull liquid cargo barges on the U.S. West Coast.
Alaska Marine Lines, a Lynden company, has also recently ordered a 360 ft deck cargo barge from Gunderson Marine, the second such barge it has ordered from the Company.
Gunderson Marine has recently built three rail barges for another Lynden company, Alaska Railbelt Marine, also a Lynden company. These barges, which carry railcars, containers, and break bulk cargo, are being used by Lynden in partnership with Alaska Railroad, as a water link between the State of Washington and Whittier, Alaska.
Established in 1919 as a heavy steel fabricator, Gunderson has been a ship and marine barge builder since 1942. In the early 1960s, Gunderson also entered the new freight car construction market.
Primary marine work at Gunderson is building ocean-going barges. Over 250 barges have been built since World War II. After a suspension of operations from 1984 - 1995 because of weak markets, Gunderson Marine has delivered 27 oceangoing barges to various customers. These vessels include: 420 ft rail barges for Alaska Railbelt Marine, hydraulic dump barges for Dutra Construction Company, and the largest cutter-head suction dredge ever built for Manson Construction.
Located on 75 acres along the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon, Gunderson is accessible year-round by ocean-going vessels and two transcontinental railroads, Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Union Pacific. Earlier in its history, Gunderson built five 35,000-ton oil tankers for Chevron. It also performed fabrication for the deep-dive exploration vessel Glomar Explorer. During World War II, the facility built LST landing craft for the U.S. Navy, as well as steel and wooden lifeboats. During the Vietnam conflict, the facility built almost 200 heavily armed gunboats for the U.S. government.
Gunderson describes its marine yard as "well staffed, fully equipped and flexible to construct small or large vessels and ocean-going barges."
With a 700 ft-long side-launch ways, the largest such side-launch ways on the West Coast, and 200-ton crane service, Gunderson can handle vessel construction up to 650 feet long by 110 feet wide. An experienced marine engineering department is equipped with technology to efficiently develop hull designs and make detailed shop drawings.