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    Alabama signs for another tug/barge

    Yard News // January 26, 2001
    Alabama Shipyard has signed a contract to build an articulated tug and barge (ATB) vessel for Allied Transportation Company of Norfolk, Virginia, according to Dick Wells, president of the local shipbuilding company.

    "This is our third major contract award during the last four months of 2000," noted Wells. "The total value of these contracts is greater than $65 million. Our employment level will grow to over 600 an increase of 300 new jobs."

    "We have several pending contracts that will help us create a stable workforce here in Mobile," Wells stated. " In fact, Alabama Shipyard has been working with Mobile's Workforce Development Board to develop a training program for current and new employees that will help us build this permanent work force."

    Alabama Shipyard designed the 129,000-barrel, 450ft barge in compliance with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, which requires vessels to have a double-hull in order to provide greater safeguards to the marine environment. OPA 90 requires most large coastalbarges operating in the petroleum and chemical trade to have double hulls by 2005.

    The 8,000hp twin-screw ocean-going tug, designed by Ocean Tug and Barge of Milford, MA, will have a length of 124ft and will feature the patented Intercon tug/barge coupler system designed and built by Intercontinental Engineering and Manufacturing Corporation of Kansas City, Missouri.

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