NEW ORLEANS—At the International WorkBoat Show, Marcon
International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington announced that Foss Maritime Co.
of Seattle, Washington has sold their U.S. flag ocean deck barge “Foss 343” to Smith Maritime of
Green Cove Springs, Florida.
The barge has been renamed “Marilyn Monroe” by the new owners and we hope that she
will turn out to be a star in their fleet.
She is an ABS +A1 classed 343’ x 76’ x 18’ depth / 13.4’ max draft
barge built in 1975 by Pacific Coast Engineering in Alameda, California as a
roll-on/roll-off barge as part of Foss’ $10 million equipment expansion program
at that time. The barge has a deadweight of 7,600ST, 335’ x 70’ clear open
deck, one longitudinal and 6 transverse bulkheads. “Marilyn Monroe” is fitted with
a breakwater forward, a slight spoon bow and raked stern with twin towing skegs
aft. She worked previously on the U.S. West Coast as a crane barge with a 200
ton lift Lima 2400B crawler. As the “Foss 343”, the barge most recently was employed in
service in the Boston, Massachusetts area. In the summer of 2011, she made a
rare 4,000nm round trip through the St. Lawrence Seaway and across four of the
Great Lakes to Milwaukee to pick up a giant mining shovel and deliver it to
Baie-Comeau in Eastern Quebec Province. At just 76’ wide, the barge was just
two feet under the maximum beam for the Seaway’s locks.
The new owner is making arrangements to tow the barge, with their
own tug, to the U.S. Southeast and is now looking for southbound cargo.
This is just one of the many sales that Marcon has had the
opportunity to work on with both the Buyer and Seller. “Marilyn Monroe” joins the
302.9’ x 90.0’ x 22.0’ ocean barge “Elvis” (ex-BB-110,
ATC-781, Cindy F) built by Seatrain
Shipbuilding in 1976 which Marcon sold to Smith Maritime in 2009. Marcon acted
as sole broker in both transactions.