Crowley’s newest heavy-lift series deck barge 455-5 was christened and launched May 16 at Gunderson Marine Shipyard in Portland, Oregon – the latest in a bevy of new vessel deliveries for Crowley already this year.
‘Christened by Mary Beth Davis, the wife of Rich Davis, the BP manager for the Liberty Rig, the 400 ftlong by 105 ft wide heavy-lift barge will be used to transport the world’s largest land based drilling rig for Parker Drilling and BP. Crowley’s Bruce Harland, vice president of contract services in Alaska, and Ed Schlueter, vice president of vessel management services, along with Gunderson Marine General Manager Mark Eitzen and Greg Osten, manager for project engineering for Parker Drilling, spoke at the event, stressing a strong partnership committed to operational excellence and safety. “We are pleased to be able to continue providing services to customers doing offshore project work with the introduction of the barge 455-5,” said Harland. “This christening and the continuous construction of new vessels is evidence of our commitment to our customers who have a need for new, large-sized, high-capacity barges.