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    Crowley Maritime orders more heavy lift barges

    Vessel & ROV News // October 2, 2008

    Crowley Maritime Corporation's Vessel Management Services subsidiary has awarded construction contracts to Gunderson Marine of Portland, Oregon for another eight Heavy Lift Series 400ft by 105ft deck barges, in addition to two barges that are already on order.

    Once completed, the barges will handle project work for the offshore energy industry in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere and will expand Crowley's fleet of this type barge to as many as 13 by 2012.

    Gunderson is the same company that built the first three barges in the series -  Marty J, 455-2 and 455-3 (now the Julie B)  - all of which were delivered last year.

    Under construction are barges 455-4 and 455-5, which are scheduled for delivery in the first and second quarters respectively.

    Four additional barges are contracted for delivery by 2010, and Crowley has the opportunity to build four more with Gunderson to be received through 2012.

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