Under a new U.S. Defense Logistics Agency-Energy contract, beginning in 2021, Crowley Maritime Corporation will deploy a new, purpose-built, 55,000-barrel-capacity (2.3 million gallon) articulated tug barge (ATB) to deliver military specification fuel to the Eareckson Air Station located on the remote Aleutian Island of Shemya, Alaska.
Called Aurora/Qamun, the ATB will serve the air station and Crowley’s customers throughout western Alaska and the Arctic and is specifically designed to meet Ice Class and Polar Code requirements in order to safely and effectively operate in Western Alaska year-round.
Designed by Crowley Engineering Services and Crowley subsidiary Jensen Maritime, is undergoing its final outfitting prior to entering service this year. The tug—whose launch was captured in the video below—is being constructed by Master Boat Builders of Bayou La Batre, Ala. The barge is being built by Gunderson Marine LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Greenbrier Companies Inc., in Portland, Ore.