(SEATTLE, Wash.: Dec. 31, 2009) Jensen Maritime Consultants, Inc., a Crowley company, has designed two new barges for Global Marine Transportation, Inc. Both 10,000-barrel tank barges are scheduled to be constructed and delivered in 2010. Designed for lightering services, the barges are being built by Trinity Marine Products, Inc., and will be chartered to Maxum Petroleum, Inc.
The tank barges are designed with corrugated cargo tank bulkheads to ease tank stripping and cleaning. All cargo tanks are completely smooth-sided except for the deck stiffeners above. The structure and deck arrangements were fully modeled to allow visualizations of the structural parts and the working deck before any steel is cut.
The first barge, due to be delivered in June 2010, will carry diesel oil and jet fuel in, and around the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Calif. It has a day room and sleeping quarters in a forward deckhouse, for accommodations during times of remote anchorage. While the pump engines and generator are housed in a pump room aft, there is also a midship control booth for centralized control and observation of bunkering operations.
The second barge, to be delivered in July, will be home-ported in Seattle, Wash., and will carry diesel and lube oils in segregated tanks. Both barges are double-hulled completely to OPA-90 standards and will be ABS-classed as well as USCG-inspected.
Jensen Maritime Consultants, Inc. is a Naval Architecture Marine Engineering firm located in Seattle, Wash., that offers a diverse range of services developed from experience around the world. Jensen, formerly B.F. Jensen Associates, has been a recognized leader in the design of all types of vessels for over 40 years, with an excellent reputation built on a long history of successful designs and conversions with close attention to engineering basics. Jensens’ international on-site consulting services provide on-location assistance anywhere in the world.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 117-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company. The company provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response through its TITAN Salvage subsidiary; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture through its Jensen Maritime subsidiary; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley, its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.