SIU Welcomes New Jobs as Crowley Christens ATB


November 2012


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SIU members and officials took part in the celebration Sept. 27 in Tampa, Fla., as Crowley Maritime Corporation christened the 16,000-horsepower tugboat Legend and 330,000-barrel tank barge 750-2. Together the vessels comprise the company’s newest SIU-crewed articulated tug-barge (ATB) – one that will be used to transport petroleum products between the U.S. Gulf and East Coasts, including regular port calls in Tampa where the company currently discharges nearly 163 million gallons of product each month.


SIU Vice President Contracts George Tricker and Vice President Gulf Coast Dean Corgey attended the christening and met with the union crew.


“Crowley’s continued investment in the U.S. Merchant Marine is a credit both to the company and to our membership,” Tricker stated. “We were happy to join in the celebration and we appreciate the strong partnership we enjoy with Crowley.”


Corgey pointed out that the Legend “means additional work in the Jones Act trade, which is good for U.S. national and economic security. This new tonnage is a classic win-win for everyone involved.”


The Legend/750-2 is the second of three petroleum tank vessels in its class in terms of size, speed and capacity in the company’s fleet, and together measures 674 feet in length. It carries a crew of 14.


“We are extremely pleased to add another 750-class ATB to the fleet,” said Crowley Petroleum Services Senior Vice President and General Manager Rob Grune. “The Legacy/750-1 has proven to perform amazingly well and meet our customers’ needs. We are confident that, like the first of its kind, the Legend/750-2 will also exceed industry standards for the safest possible transportation of petroleum and chemical products.”


Grune’s wife, Joan, acted as vessel sponsor and participated in the time-honored tradition of christening the Legend, assisted by the wife of Gregg Qualls of Marathon Petroleum Company, Christina, who christened the barge 750-2. In addition to the SIU contingent, more than 100 guests, including customers, friends and employees from Crowley; the shipyards – VT Halter Marine, of Pascagoula, Miss., and Dakota Creek Industries, of Anacortes, Wash. – attended the event. A celebratory reception followed at the Florida Aquarium.


“It’s great to be able to share another milestone with the people who were an integral part of designing and creating such an innovative vessel, which will continue to help us provide our customers with the best available technology, safety and cost effectiveness for years to come,” said Grune. “We’re looking forward to doing it again once the final 750-class vessel is completed and ready to work.”


The last of the three ATBs in this class being built for the company, the Liberty/750-3, is under construction and, once completed, will operate in the Jones Act U.S. coastwise trade. Altogether, the 700-class ATBs will bring the company’s total ATB fleet to 17, including four 155,000-barrel and ten 185,000-barrel ATBs.


The 750-class barges are 45,000 deadweight tons, 600 feet in length, 105-feet, six-inches in breadth and 54-feet, three-inches in depth. The fully loaded draft is 35 feet. Both barges, 750-1 and 750-2, were built by VT Halter Marine Inc. in Pascagoula and the tugs Legend and Legacy were constructed by Dakota Creek Industries. The Liberty/750-3 is scheduled for delivery during the first half of 2013.



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