JULY 15, 2015 — Baltimore, MD, headquartered Vane Brothers has taken delivery of the Double Skin 509A, the company's first newbuild barge designed specifically for moving asphalt.
Constructed at Conrad Shipyard's Amelia, LA, facility, the DS-509A has a 53,222 ‐barrel cargo capacity and operates at a pumping rate of 8,000 barrels per hour with a loading rate of 10,000 barrels per hour.
The double‐hull tank barge utilizes a sophisticated thermal heating system that keeps asphalt at approximately 300 degrees Fahrenheit so that the highly viscous liquid remains relatively thin and flows more easily.
"The DS-509A is an exciting addition to Vane Brothers' expanded fleet of safe, ruggedly built, hard-working barges," says Vane Brothers President C. Duff Hughes. "We are thrilled to increase our involvement in the area of asphalt transportation. We look forward to delving even deeper into this important niche market."
Vane's DS-509A has an overall length of 361 ft (110.03 m) with a 62-foot (18.9m) beam. Along with transporting asphalt — primarily used for road construction, roofing and other building applications — the barge is generally suited for moving heavy oil products.
The DS-509A is one of several newbuild barges delivered recently for Vane. Earlier this year, the company welcomed the DS-501 and DS-503 into its fleet. Both 50,000‐barrel barges were constructed at Jeffboat Shipyard, Jeffersonville, IN. Delivery of two more 50,000-barrel barges from Jeffboat is expected later this year. Vane has also taken delivery of the DS-311, which is the fourth in an initial order of five 35,000-barrel barges from Conrad Shipyard's Orange, TX, facility.
In addition, the DS-313 is due this fall, followed by the DS-315 and DS-317 anticipated in 2016.