(Oakland, Calif.; Feb. 17, 2006) – Crowley has awarded a two-barge construction contract to Gunderson Marine of Portland, Ore., with the first vessel to be available for service in early 2007. The new construction of these two Heavy Lift Series 400-foot by 105-foot-wide deck barges to handle project work for the offshore energy industry in the Gulf of Mexico will expand and keep current Crowley’s fleet for customers of the company’s marine services business segment.
“We are proceeding with these new Heavy Lift Series deck barges based upon requests from our customers for modern U.S.-flag barges to support the deepwater exploration projects in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere,” said Tom Crowley, Jr., chairman, president and CEO. “As offshore development leads to larger structures headed to deeper, more remote locations, the need for barges to transport topsides, jackets, and associated equipment to these locations creates an opportunity for Crowley to continue our traditional leadership role in the large barge market.”
Crowley’s new Heavy Lift Series 400-foot by 105-foot-wide barges will provide both the capacity and deck strength needed to accommodate the favored larger units for deepwater development. The barges will also be suitable for use in other regions, including Alaska, where Crowley has regularly performed summer sealifts to the North Slope.
“The design of these new barges gives us flexibility in deployment based upon customer and market requirements,” said John Douglass, senior vice president and general manager, marine services. “Our customers will be well served by the stronger deck strength and the latest engineering on these barges.”
Crowley’s new barges will be classed by the American Bureau of Shipping and receive certification from the United States Coast Guard.
Oakland-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in 1892, is primarily a family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of four operating lines of business: Liner Services; Logistics Services; Petroleum Services and Marine Services. Other services provided within these business lines include contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management, 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.
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