Crowley to build barges for GoM

Crowley has awarded a two-barge construction contract to Gunderson Marine with the first vessel to be available for service in the GoM in early 2007.

Offshore staff

(GoM) - 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-ft by 105-ft-wide deck barges to handle project work for the offshore energy industry in the GoM 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 US-flag barges to support the deepwater exploration projects in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere," says Tom Crowley Jr., chairman, president, and CEO.

As offshore development leads to larger structures headed to deeper, more remote locations, there is a need for barges to transport topsides, jackets, and associated equipment to these locations, he adds.

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