The following is the text of a news release from Gray Barge Companies:
(HOUMA, La.) — Gray Offshore has taken delivery of a 300’x100’x19’10” ABS classed ocean deck barge from Conrad Shipyard LLC. The barge Julius is the first project delivered from Conrad Shipyard’s newest facility, Deepwater South, in Amelia, La. Dan Conrad, senior vice president, states “To be able to deliver barges of this size and quality, on time and on budget, from this facility is evident of diversity and commitment to our valued customers such as John Gray.”
“This addition to our fleet, with its 6,000 lbs/ft2, heavy duty deck configuration and radial “spoon” bow, offers our customers optimal solutions for their heavy lift needs. Adding the Julius to our growing ocean barge fleet currently consisting of two 260’ ABS barges Cordie and Gwendolyn, also constructed at Conrad, gives our customers more options and is the right fit to satisfy the markets need to move increasingly heavier over dimensional and project cargos both internationally and domestically,” says John Gray, president of Gray Offshore and its affiliated Gray Barge Companies, who also provide a fleet of over 90 inland, spud, waste, rock, and deck barges for charter.
Barge Julius has a 6000 psf uniform deck payload built with 3/4” plate, 1/2” side plate, three longitudinal corrugated bulkheads, seven transverse corrugated bulkheads; and features six all recessed bitts, 12 kevels, 32 manholes, 32 watertight compartments, three towing eyes and many other enhanced usability features. Deadweight capacity is listed at 9,842 lt and lightship draft is listed at 3.057’. The Julius is U.S.-flagged and Jones Act compliant.