On the wake of the christening and launching of its newest heavy-lift-series deck barge in Portland, Crowley took delivery of its newest Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) – the tug Commitment and barge 650-6 in Pascagoula, Miss, on April 2.
‘The 185,000-barrel ATB, the 10th in Crowley’s fleet, has been chartered by a major energy company to transport petroleum products on the U.S. West Coast beginning in April. In less than a week, Crowley is scheduled to receive the Nachik, a newly-designed Alaska shallow draft tug, equipped to safely propel petroleum/freight barges in river systems throughout Alaska. In May, Crowley with also take delivery of the Nachik’s sister tug, the Sesok. The Commitment/650-6 was jointly designed by Crowley’s marine technical services group and VT Halter Marine. The tank barge was built at Halter’s shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., and the tug Commitment at its shipyard, in Moss Point, Miss. The Crowley ATB fleet is scheduled to grow to 17 by mid-2013. Crowley ATBs are the newest and most environmentally friendly vessels in the company’s fleet. All of Crowley’s ATBs are built under the ABS SafeHull program for environmental protection. This program puts the vessel design through an exhaustive review to identify structural loads and strengthen the vessel structure. The 650-Class barges are 27,000 deadweight tons, 587 ft in length, 74 ft in breadth and 40 ft in depth. The fully loaded draft is about 30 ft.