Another heavy lift barge for CrowleyVessel & ROV News // April 1, 2009
In the first of several vessel deliveries over the next few weeks, Crowley in the US christened and launched its latest heavy lift deck barge, the 455-4, at the end of March, at Gunderson Marine Shipyard in Portland.
The 400ft x 105ft barge was christened by Carey Graham, wife of Parker Drilling Vice President Dennis Graham.
The vessel's first assignment will be hauling a Parker drilling rig.
Following that assignment, it will be turned over to a major energy company for work on the world's largest land-based rig in Alaska's North Slope at Satellite Drilling Island (SDI).
Crowley has plans to build up to 13 of these high-capacity barges by 2013. The largest, already in operation in the Gulf of Mexico, measures 400ft by 130ft. The 455-5, the next barge in the series, is expected to be delivered by Gunderson in May.