July 7, 2004
Container super-barge enters service
Container feeder barge operator Columbia Coastal Transport, LLC, Liberty Corner, NJ, has announced the arrival of its newest container super-barge, the COLUMBIA BOSTON, into service this month.
The new 912-TEU barge is sister to the COLUMBIA ELIZABETH, one of the largest container barges ever built that was put into service four years ago.
The COLUMBIA BOSTON, named for one of 11 ports that the company serves on a regular basis, will be available to transport empties, full container and project cargoes moving between ports on the US Eastern Seaboard.
"This is the second super-barge we've built for the new millennium," said Columbia Coastal president, Bruce Fenimore. "With the government's focus on short sea shipping, our all-water transportation alternative for cargo and empties moving between ports can help alleviate port and highway congestion moving forward."
Built by VT Halter Marine Inc., based in Pascagoula, MS, the COLUMBIA BOSTON is a 343 ft x 94 ft x 21 ft deck cargo barge specially fitted to carry 20-ft, 40-ft and 45-ft ISO containers, including reefers. Built to ABS Maltese Cross A1 Barge standards, the barge capacity is 912 TEUs with a deadweight of 9,453 long tons.
"We are also proud of the fact that Columbia Coastal is among the first companies to date that have had their Vessel Security Plans approved by the US Coast Guard," said Bruce Fenimore, president of Columbia Coastal. "This indicates not only our commitment to serve our customers without interruption, but also to the ports and terminals that we call on a regular basis. As a U.S.-flag operator, our commitment to security is paramount, and this early approval shows that we take that commitment seriously."
Based in Liberty Corner, NJ, Columbia Coastal Transport operates 11 U.S.-flag container barges in regularly scheduled feeder service operations to and from ports on the U.S. Atlantic coast, plus Freeport Bahamas. Columbia Coastal also operates an Albany Expressbarge(SM) service with two weekly sailings between the Port of NY/NJ and Albany, NY. Complete project cargo and government/military cargo services are also available.