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    Crowley Christens first of three Heavy Lift 455 Series deck barges

    Vessel & ROV News // January 11, 2007

    Crowley Maritime Corporation has christened Marty J, the first of three Heavy Lift 455 Series barges under construction at Gunderson Marine in Portland, Oregon.

    The three 400ft by 105ft deck barges are being built to be utilized for project work in the offshore energy industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

    During a ceremony held at Gunderson Marine on Northwest Front Avenue, Nicole Murphy, sister of Fontain Martin “Marty” Johnson III, christened the barge.

    Marty J was so named as a tribute to Johnson, a nine-year Crowley employee who died while on a salvage assignment onboard the Cougar Ace in July of last year.

    “We are pleased to offer the Marty J into service in support of the deepwater exploration projects of our customers in the petroleum industry,” said Tom Crowley, Jr, chairman, president and CEO. "The naming of this vessel serves as a tribute to one of our former employees who made such an impact on his co-workers, this company and the industry in which he was involved. We hope that his legacy will continue in these American-flagged vessels that he helped to design.”

    Crowley’s new Heavy Lift 455 Series barges have 25ft side shells and will provide both the capacity and deck strength needed to accommodate the favoured larger units for offshore exploration and development.

    The barges offer increased stability for loads up to 4,200 pounds per square foot in order to carry the larger offshore structures now being planned and engineered for deepwater projects. The barges will also be suitable for use in other regions, including Alaska, where Crowley has regularly performed summer sealifts to the North Slope.


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