October 14, 2009
Hornbeck Offshore Services sells four tank barges
Marcon International, Inc., Coupeville, Wash., reports the "en-bloc" sale of four single-hull ocean-going petroleum barges by Hornbeck Offshore Services of Covington, Louisiana to a private party for eventual use in West Africa. The U.S. flag, ABS classed tank barges will be reregistered on or before their arrival in Lagos, Nigeria.
Barges purchased, ranging in capacity between 64,000 and 82,000 bbl, are the 7,7817 dwt Energy 6503, 8,226d wt Energy 6505, 8,256 dwt Energy 7001 and 11,627 dwt Energy 8701.
Two of the barges, the 360 ft x 64 ft Energy 8701 and 328 ft x 66 ft Energy 6505" will be towed by the 3,200 BHP tug, Guardian, who's sale was also just brokered by Marcon, from New York to Nigeria.
The 122 ft x 30 ft twin engine / single screw tug Guardian was purchased from Express Marine of Camden, N.J. The ABS +A1 classed tug was originally built by Wiley Manufacturing Co. of Port Deposit, Md as the Big Bill and rebuilt in 1983. She is powered by a pair of Crepelle 8 cylinder diesels through a Lufkin 5.559:1 reverse reduction gear to a 135 in x 120 in 4-blade stainless steel prop in a kort nozzle. She is fitted with a Clyde single drum tow winch with capacity for 2,500' 2.25" wire.
The other two tank barges, the 300 ft x 68 ft Energy 7001 and 327 ft x 62 ft Energy 6503 will be towed from Louisiana to Nigeria by the 151 ft, 3,900 BHP tug, Wilbur R. Clark (ex-Pacific Victory) purchased earlier at U.S. Marshal's auction in Mobile, Alabama through Marcon.
Marcon has handled a number of previous sales and purchases for both buyer and seller of the tank barges. This is the first sale brokered on behalf of Express Marine. Marcon acted as sole broker in the transaction.
Marcon International Inc., has brokered the sale or charter of 32 vessels and barges so far during this year. Several additional vessels and barges worldwide are under offer.