August 11, 2010
VT Halter Marine delivers ATB to Crowley unit
VT Halter Marine Inc. reports the delivery and christening of an Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) unit at its Mississippi-based Pascagoula Operations.
The vessels christened were the tug, Innovation, and the barge 650-9. The 185,000-barrel barge was built at VT Halter Marine's Pascagoula shipyard while the 9,700-hp tug was built at its Moss Point Marine shipyard.
The ATB is the ninth of ten 185,000-barrel barges and tugs built for Crowley Maritime Corporation's subsidiary, Vessel Management Services, Inc
The 650-9, like its sister vessels the 650-1 thru 650-8, is ABS certified to comply with the IMO Green Passport program. This certification ensures that all potentially hazardous materials that are part of the original construction of the barge were identified and will be properly disposed of when the barge ceases trading at the end of its useful life.
All of Crowley's ATBs are built under the ABS SafeHull program for environmental protection. In this program, the vessel design underwent an exhaustive review to identify structural loads and strengthen the vessel structure. The 650-Class barge measures 587 feet in length, 74 feet in breadth and 40 feet in depth. It has a fully loaded draft of 30 feet and a 27,000 dwt capacity.
VT Halter Marine plans to deliver the tenth ATB unit under this contract during the first quarter of 2011. In addition to the ten 185,000-barrel 650 series barges, VT Halter Marine has a separate contract with Vessel Management Services to design and build three 330,000-barrels 750 series ATB barges..