MAY 1, 20014 — Bay Shipbuilding Company, Sturgeon Bay, WI, has entered into contracts with Moran Towing Corporation, New Canaan, CT, to build three oil/chemical barges (two with a cargo capacity of 150,000 bbl each and one of 110,000 bbl capacity) and two tugs (6,000-HP and 5,300 HP) to be operated together as Articulated Tug Barges (ATBs).
The new vessels will be entirely built at Bay Shipbuilding's Sturgeon Bay shipyard and are scheduled to be delivered separately over the next 24-months. Construction has already begun on the first units.
"It is exciting to see a valued customer such as Moran Towing return to Sturgeon Bay thanks to the quality of our products and workmanship," said Todd Thayse, Bay Shipbuilding's Vice President and General Manager. "This new business coupled with conversion work and the steady flow of annual repair jobs will keep us busy throughout the next several month. We will begin bolstering our production force by midsummer with steel fitters and welders being the first trades that will be hired."
Bay Shipbuilding is an operating division of Fincantieri Marine Group, the U.S. subsidiary of Italy's Fincantieri SpA.