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Crowley Fuels to build ATB Western Alaska deliveries

Crowley Fuels has signed construction contracts to build a 55,000-barrel, articulated tug-barge (ATB) designed to serve the Western Alaska market with clean fuel products.

The 410-foot ATB consists of a tugboat and barge that are connected from the bow of the tug to a notch in the stern of the barge by a hinged connection system, allowing the two vessels to work as one.

The tug will be constructed by Master Boat Builders of Bayou La Batre, Alaska. The 350-foot barge will be built by Gunderson Marine, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Greenbrier Companies, in Portland, Ore. The ATB is expected to be delivered in January 2021.

Design of the ATB was completed by Crowley Maritime Corp. subsidiary Jensen Maritime, a Seattle-based naval architecture and marine engineering firm. Crowley’s project management group will provide plan review, on-site construction management in the shipyards, and will work with Crowley Fuels to transition the vessel into service.

“Our new ATB will continue Crowley Fuels’ long-standing commitment to provide Alaska with safe and dependable marine transportation to serve the energy needs of the state,” said Rick Meidel, vice president and general manager, Crowley Fuels.

“The vessel’s capabilities will be able to meet the particular needs of Western Alaska, which depends on maneuverable and functional vessels for reliable supply of the communities’ fuel needs.”

The ATB will meet all ABS Ice Class and IMO Polar Code requirements. Features include increased structural framing, shell plating, and extended zero discharge endurance. The tug and barge are designed with shallow operating draft to allow the vessel to serve several Alaska river terminals with limited water depths.

To provide off-ship firefighting capabilities to the barge, the tug is equipped with a fire monitor and foam proportioner. In addition, the ATB will include a full complement of spill response gear, including 2,000 feet of boom and a work skiff to meet State of Alaska requirements.

Crowley operates and manages the largest US-flag petroleum and chemical tank vessel fleet in the US, including 40 Jones Act-qualified, large petroleum transportation vessels with a combined capacity of more than 12 million barrels. Its ATBs, tankers and other vessels regularly serve Alaska, including barge fuel delivery.

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