February 3, 2010
Bollinger delivers 55,000 bbl tank barge
Bollinger Marine Fabricators, L.L.C., Amelia, La., has delivered the 55,000 bbl tank barge M 6000, to Midstream Fuel Service, L.L.C., a wholly owned subsidiary of Martin Resource Management Corporation.
"Bollinger is pleased to announce the delivery of the M 6000, OPA'90 tank barge to Midstream, " said Chris Bollinger, the shipbuilder's executive vice president of new construction, "Once again, I am very proud of our workforce who has delivered another high quality vessel on time and on budget." said Bollinger.
Built to a Bollinger design, the M 6000 is a clean oil barge that is classed and certified ABS + A1 Oil Tank Barge, Manned Ocean Services. The barge measures 350-feet long, with a 70-foot beam and a depth of 25-feet. The barge is built to meet the requirements of OPA'90, with ten cargo compartments and two separate pumping systems. It is outfitted with the Bludworth Cook Marine ATB Flexible Connection System.
Ruben Martin, President of Martin Resource Management Corporation said, "The Bollinger family's heritage of quality engineering and construction are on display in the barge M 6000 and tug La Force. The barge was constructed in Bollinger's Amelia yard and the tug, La Force, was converted with a new Bludworth/Cook system and raised pilot house in Bollinger's Texas City yard. When these two units came together at the completion of the project it was like the fit of custom made boots. Bravo, Bollinger!"
On departure from the Bollinger Marine Fabricators facility, the M 6000 entered service in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.