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    Crowley christens latest offshore barge

    Vessel & ROV News // August 1, 2007

    Crowley Maritime Corporation has christened and launched barge 455-2, the second of three Heavy Lift 455 Series flat-deck barges that will be built and delivered to Crowley this year by Gunderson Marine in Portland, Oregon.

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

    "We are pleased to offer the 455-2 into service in support of our customers doing offshore project work," said Tom Crowley, Jr, chairman, president and CEO. "The introduction of this new vessel is further evidence of our commitment to our customers who have a need for new, large, high-capacity barges; to the Jones Act and our US shipbuilding partners, and to our own core values, one of which is to reinvest profits back into the business to ensure the company's durability."

    Crowley's new Heavy Lift 455 Series barges, with 25ft side shells, 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 are also suitable for use in other regions, including Alaska, where Crowley has regularly performed summer sealifts to the North Slope.

    Crowley expects to formally take delivery of barge 455-2 shortly, and plans to receive the third barge in the series later this year. The first barge in the series - Marty J - was christened and launched in January. 


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