USA: Higman Barge Lines Inc has recently taken delivery of two vessels, ‘Alliance’ and ‘Erik Salen’. Both vessels are part of a series of push boats being built by Hope Services Inc, Louisiana.
‘Alliance’ pushing a liquids barge on the inland waterways on March 18, 2009 ‘Alliance’ was delivered in late 2008 while ‘Erik Salen’ was delivered in January 2009. A third tow boat, ‘Kal A Shaw’, being built to the same design, will be delivered in mid-April. The vessels measure 21.9 metres by 9.14 metres. With a hull depth of three metres, the 144GT these vessels are well suited to working the inland waterways of the USA.