Marine Log

OPA 90 converted barge

November 9, 2006

Bollinger Gulf completes OPA 90 conversion

Bollinger Gulf Repair L.L.C.has completed the retrofit and modification of a 360 ft, 66,500 barrel Penn Maritime Inc. tank barge to a 372 ft, 80,000 bbl OPA 90 compliant articulated unit.

The 360-foot, 66,500 barrel black oil barge POTOMAC arrived at Bollinger's New Orleans east facility and began the transformation by receiving a new outer skin to meet OPA double hull requirements.

The stern was modified and outfitted with the Beacon JAK connection system.

The barge's heating system received additional heating coils and a new 12 million BTU Vapower unit.

A ballast system and a twelve-foot bow plug, along with an updated electrical system, also went into the conversion.

When the conversions were completed, POTOMAC departed the Bollinger facility measuring 372-feet with a capacity of approximately 80,000 barrels.

Executive vice president for Bollinger, Ben Bordelon said, "Our communications with the customer and our dedicated employees were the key to the successful completion of this project. I cannot say enough about Penn and their team who supported Bollinger, and helped make this program a success."

The POTOMAC has been converted and inspected to the applicable rules of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) of shipping for Class Maltese A-1 Oil Tank Barge and the U. S. Coast Guard for the carriage of petroleum products of Grade A and lower for Unmanned Services in Oceans.

Penn Maritime has now contracted with Bollinger Gulf Repair for a similar conversion of its Penn No. 410 unit.