TUGS & BARGES
Artist’s rendering of massive 68,000 metric ton displacement SeaOne ATB
Giant ATB Order WOULD Spell Relief
Photo Credit: SeaOne Holdings, LLC
he big news in the tug and barge market is a new venture that will use Articulated Tug Barge (ATB) units to transport and deliver Compressed Gas Liquid (CGL) cargo to Central America and the Caribbean, including Puerto Rico. The firm, Houstonbased SeaOne Caribbean, LLC, has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Korean shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries for the construction of 12 massive ATB units. According an announcement by SeaOne Caribbean, LLC, the ATBs would be the world’s largest—260 meters long (about 853 feet). The 68,000-metric ton displacement vessels have been designed by naval architect Robert Hill, Principal at Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering Corp., Milford, MA. The ATBs will be fitted with IMO Tier III diesel engines, providing the Marshall Islands flag vessels with a service speed of over 14 knots. Classed by ABS, the ATBs will be used to transport and deliver a CGL cargo to customers in support of the SeaOne Caribbean Fuels Supply Project and will feature SeaOne’s patented CGL technology and systems that includes the CGL containment system. The CGL Containment System is treated as an independent cargo and is not integral
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to the vessel design. The ATB cargo holds will be kept at a temperature of minus 40º C while the containment system is full, resulting in no sloshing or boil off and no retention of a gas blanket after offloading of the cargo. In a press release, Dr. Bruce Hall, President and COO, said, “SeaOne has been working with SHI for a while now and we have found them to be a proactive company that listens to new ideas in the gas and liquids transportation business and provides constructive input into the design of the CGL transportation vessels. We are pleased to have SHI as part of the project.” With Korean shipbuilders struggling, the potential order for Samsung Heavy Industries is welcome news. “We are delighted to participate in SeaOne Caribbean’s Fuels Supply Project with the construction and supply of the articulated tug and barges, and hope to build a lasting relationship with SeaOne hereafter,” said Daniel Cho, Vice President of Samsung Heavy Industries’ Rig & Industrial Ship Marketing.
Lease Signed with Port of Gulfport The SunHerald reported back at the end of April that the Port of Gulfport had signed a 40-year lease with SeaOne Gulfport for 36
acres, where a $450 million gas production plant will be developed. Construction was expected to start early next year, with completion in 2020. In an interview with local TV station WLOX, Port of Gulfport Exceutive Director Jonanthan Daniels said SeaOne would be “the largest revenue producer for the port” in its first year of operation and generate about $4.5 million in new taxes for the port on an annual basis. The signing of the LOI for the ATBs is seen as a major milestone in SeaOne’s extensive Caribbean Fuels Supply Project. The project is being undertaken to develop an environmentally-friendly, lowest cost, and safe means of transporting gas and gas liquids together as a single cargo.
New Tug for Kirby Offshore Kirby Offshore Marine is one of the largest operators of coastal tank barges and tugs in the U.S. It is the largest combined inland and coastal tank barge operator, with 864 inland tank barges and 235 towboats, 68 coastal tank barges and 71 tugs. Its coastal tank barge business is involved in the regional distribution of refined petroleum products, black oil, and the distribution of petrochemicals. Kirby Offshore June 2017 Yearbook // Marine Log 29