JANUARY 2, 2013 — Houston-headquartered Signet Maritime Corporation had added a 140 ft x 40 ft deck barge, the Signet 141, to its fleet. Designed by Farrell and Norton Naval Architects of Newcastle, Maine, it will provide an additional asset to assist Signet Maritime customers in the growing Port of Pascagoula, Miss., where it will be based for charter throughout ports in the U.S. Gulf.
The barge was built at Signet's Signet Shipbuilding & Repair division, a full service shipyard acquired in June 2010 when Signet acquired Colle Towing Company, Inc.
The barge has an LOA of 140 ft, beam of 40 ft, molded depth of 9 ft, a light draft of 1 ft 5 in and will handle 800 long tons of cargo with deck strength of 2,000 lb/sq. ft. Its improved design will enable Signet to assist with movement of cargo in the Port and surrounding areas.
Construction of the Signet 141 started in May 2012 and it was christened on December 20, 2012.
"We are pleased to have committed this contract to our shipyard facility in Pascagoula and they have once again proven their reliability and quality construction practices in building superior marine vessels," says J. Barry Snyder, Signet's President. "I was in the shipyard almost every day during construction and I can report first-hand that the attention to detail and adherence to strict quality procedures is the key reason for Signet's confidence in our facility."