PASCAGOULA — VT Halter Marine Inc. has delivered and christened an articulated tug barge (ATB) unit at its Mississippi-based Pascagoula Operations. The ATB is the ninth of 10 185,000-barrel barges and tugs built for Crowley Maritime Corporation’s subsidiary, Vessel Management Services Inc
The vessels christened were the Tug, Innovation and the Barge 650-9.
The 185,000-barrel barge was built at VT Halter Marine’s Pascagoula Operations while the 9,700-hp tug was built at its Moss Point Marine Operations.
The 650-9, like its sister vessels the 650-1 thru 650-8, is certified by ABS Classification Society to comply with the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO’s) Green Passport program.
All of Crowley’s ATBs are built under the ABS SafeHull program for environmental protection. In this program, the vessel design underwent an exhaustive review to identify structural loads and strengthen the vessel structure. The 650-Class barge measures 587 feet in length, 74 feet in breadth and 40 feet in depth. It has a fully loaded draft of 30 feet and a 27,000 dwt capacity.
VT Halter Marine plans to deliver the 10th ATB unit under this contract during the first quarter of 2011.
In addition to the 10 185,000-barrel 650 series barges, VT Halter Marine has a separate contract with Vessel Management Services to design and build three 330,000-barrels 750 series ATB barges.