Vane Line Bunkering
has awarded Wisconsin-basedManitowoc Marine Group
(MMG) a contract for the construction of a 480-foot, 145,000-barrel, double-hulled hot oil tank barge and an accompanying 6,000-horsepower tug.
The ocean-going articulated tug and barge (AT/B) unit is slated for delivery in fourth quarter of 2006. This contract also provides Vane Brothers with an option for an identical AT/B unit to be delivered in the third quarter of 2007. Other contract terms were not disclosed.
The Vane contract represents the eleventh double-hulled barge and fourth ocean-going tug to be built by Manitowoc Marine Group. Both tug and barge, which will serve the mid-Atlantic petroleum markets, will be classified in compliance with ABS, Coast Guard, and OPA-90 standards.
"This barge is nearly three times the size of any vessel in our fleet, and