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September 22, 2009

VT Halter gets second OSG ATB contract

VT Halter Marine has been awarded a second contract from OSG Ship Management, Inc. (OSG) to undertake the outfitting and commissioning of a 350,000 barrel articulated tug barge unit (ATB). Work for this ATB will commence in November 2009 and is expected to complete by mid 2010.

VT Halter Marine was contracted in April this year by OSG to undertake similar work on another 350,000 barrel ATB, expected to be delivered by the end of this year.

Measuring 199.65 metres by 32 metres, these ATBs will be the largest ever built by VT Halter Marine. These state-of-the-art ATBs will be used to perform lightering services and will be equipped with specialized equipment to meet stringent vapor balancing regulations in the Delaware Bay, where the vessels will trade.

OSG removed the two incomplete ATB's from Bender Shipbuilding's yard in Mobile back in March.

"Delivering these vessels to an important customer is a top priority for OSG. We selected VT Halter Marine due to their experience in constructing similar types of ships and the company's high quality of operations, which extends to the quality of vessels they have built, the skills and experience of the shipyard workers and management's commitment to working with us on this high profile project. OSG is proud to count VT Halter Marine as a partner in our ATB completion program," said Capt. Robert Johnston Sr. Vice President, OSG Ship Management, Inc., Head of OSG U.S. Flag Division.


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