Canada's Ledcor adds six more to cargo barge fleet

Barges were transported from Chinese shipbuilder aboard heavy lift ship Barges were transported from Chinese shipbuilder aboard heavy lift ship

JULY 20, 2015 — Canada's Ledcor Group has has taken delivery from China of six new cargo barges that will be used to serve clients in southwest British Columbia.

Ledcor's marine division has grown rapidly since its inception in 2012 and is on-target to double its fleet size by 2016, bringing its fleet total to nine tugboats and 23 barges.

"Ledcor continues to invest in its marine operations, allowing us to expand and diversify to meet the needs of current and future clients," said Mark Houghton, Chief Operating Officer for Ledcor's Marine Operations.

The six new barges delivered from China were jointly designed with customer Mainland Sand & Gravel to meet its market and operational requirements. The Mainland quarry in Mission, B.C.,  produces aggregates that are delivered to various depots on the Fraser River.

Two of the six barges are 73 meters in length and 18 meters wide, and will carry 3,800 ton of cargo. The other four of barges are 63 meters in length and 18 meters wide, and will carry 3,300 tons of cargo.The barge dimensions and cargo lift capacities are sized for the water depths available at the quarry, loading dock dimensions, and in consideration of Fraser River bridges that the barges must transit under.

The barges were designed by Capilano Maritime, North Vancouver, B,C., and the design drawings approved and barges built to LR class.

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