McDermott Delivers First Jumboized Crowley Barge — Gets Contract To "Stretch" Three Additional Units

Crowley Maritime Corporation of San Francisco, which last year awarded McDermott Shipyards a contract to lengthen two roll-on/ roll-off barges, has ordered midbody extensions of three additional barges. Each barge, designed to transport wheeled vehicles and cargo containers, will be extended from 400 to 730 feet by insertion of a 330-foot midbody section. Upon completion, they will be the longest barges operating in the U.S.

The first barge of the earlier contract (photo) was delivered recently, and is now in service between the U.S. and San Juan, Puerto Rico. The second barge of the first order is scheduled for delivery this summer. With the delivery of these barges, McDermott joins the ocean barge construction market and plans to build and enlarge more barges in the future.

Work on the barges is performed at all three of McDermott's shipyards, enabling the company to meet the desired delivery dates. Two of the midbody sections will be built at the Gulfport, Miss., yard and three at the Morgan City, La., yard. Wing tanks for four barges will be built at the New Iberia, La., yard. Joining operations for all five barges will be performed at Morgan City.

The McDermott shipyards specialize in the construction and repair of large tugs, supply boats, barges, drill rigs, living quarters, and a wide variety of oceangoing work vessels.

The parent company, McDermott International, Inc., is a leading energy services company. The company and its subsidiaries provide worldwide engineering and construction services for the oil and gas industry offshore and for industrial and commercial facilities ashore. They also manufacture steam generating equipment, tubular products, insulating products, and process control systems.

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