Moss Point Marine Converts Tanker Into Oceangoing Grain Barge
Moss Point Marine, Inc. of Escatawpa, Miss., has converted the American Gulf I (shown), a former 520-foot T-2 tanker, into an oceangoing bulk grain barge for American Gulf Shipping of New Orleans. The extensive modification required the relocation of longitudinal wing walls and the installation of tank tops to make a double-skin barge. The five-hold vessel features grain repose slopes—slanted bulkheads that permit direct pour loading and eliminate the use of costly cargo trimming machinery. The vessel was also modified to transport 60 empty 40-foot containers on her hatch covers.
The American Gulf I was originally a 520-foot World War II tanker built in Seattle in 1945. Her new dimensions are 383 feet in overall length, 68 feet in beam, and 38 feet in depth. Loaded draft is 30.6 feet. Moss Point Marine president John Dane III said the ex-T-2 is the largest vessel his shipyard has worked on to date.
Current contracts at the Moss Point yard include: construction of two 135-foot landing craft (LCU) for the U.S. Navy; conversion of a 171-foot supply boat into an oil spill recovery vessel for Clean Seas Corporation of Santa Barbara, Calif.; construction of twenty-six 110-foot lighters for the Navy; and construction of two 88-foot fireboats for the Port of Long Beach, Calif.
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