Crowley Maritime Welcomes Newest ATB

 

December 2011

 

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SIU-contracted Crowley Maritime Corporation, as part of its cutting-edge new vessel building program, christened its largest and fastest articulated tug-barge (ATB), the Legacy/750-1, Nov. 3 in New Orleans.

 

The high-capacity tank barge can carry up to 330,000 barrels of petroleum products. The 16,000-horsepower tug can generate speeds of 15 knots or more, making the ATB an industry leader, according to the company. When coupled together, the vessels measure 674 feet in length—only 23 feet shorter than One Shell Square, the tallest building in New Orleans. The platform’s design, construction and systems exceed industry standards for the safest possible transportation of petroleum and chemical products, the company reported.

 

“This class of ATB is among the largest, safest and fastest in the trade,” said Crowley’s Chairman, President and CEO Tom Crowley. “We are raising the bar in terms of reliability, cargo flexibility and environmental friendliness through our industry-leading new-build program. And the investments we are making will serve the needs of our customers for many years to come.”

 

The 750-1 was built by Halter Marine Inc., of Pascagoula, Miss., and the Legacy was constructed by Dakota Creek Industries, Inc., in Anacortes, Wash.  The 750-1/Legacy is the first of three U.S.- flag 750-Class ATBs to be built for Crowley. Two more – the Legend/750-2 and Liberty/750-3, which also will boast union crews – currently are under construction and are scheduled for delivery between the second half of 2012 and the first half of 2013. All three ATBs will be operated in the Jones Act U.S. coastwise trade by Crowley’s petroleum services group.

 

These three new vessels will bring Crowley’s total ATB fleet to 17, including four 155,000-barrel and 10 185,000-barrel ATBs. The 750-1/Legacy will be operated by Crowley for Marathon Petroleum under a long-term charter arrangement.

 

Vessel sponsors Christine Crowley, wife of Tom Crowley, and Carole Shaffner, wife of Senior Vice President of Transportation and Logistics George Shaffner of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, performed the time-honored tradition of christening the vessels. More than 200 guests, including SIU Vice President Gulf Coast Dean Corgey and New Orleans Port Agent Chris Westbrook, friends and employees from Crowley, the shipyards and vessel charterer, Marathon Petroleum, attended the event. A celebratory reception followed.

 

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