April 1, 2010
VT Halter Marine to build two tugs for OSG
VT Halter Marine Inc. has signed a contract worth over $21 million with subsidiaries of Overseas Shipholding Group, Inc. (OSG) to build two 8,000 ATB tugs.
The tugs will be built over 16 months at the shipbuilder's Moss Point Marine shipyard with deliveries expected in the second and third quarters of 2011.
Measuring 42.8 m by 11.6 m each, these two state-of-the-art tugs will be used to perform articulated tug barge (ATB) services, transporting refined petroleum products coastwise within the U.S. and will have all the necessary capabilities to operate in full ocean service.
VT Halter Marine is a leading designer and builder of OPA-compliant double-hulled integrated tug/barge units. It has delivered ten ATBs to various customers over the last three years.
Last year, VT Halter Marine was awarded contracts from OSG to undertake the outfitting and commissioning of two 350,000 barrel ATB barge units which are the largest ATB units built by VT Halter Marine. Those barges were begun at Bender.