GULFPORT, Miss. - Last week, TY Offshore and FMT Industries christened and launched the FMT 3242, the first of 10 297'6"x 54'x12', 30,000-bbl. tank barges. The festivities were held at TY Offshore’s Gulfport, Miss., facility on July 24. It marked the first launch of what will become an entire fleet of barges, according to TY. The remaining launches will follow on at 30-day intervals.
FMT Industries is one of the several companies within Florida Marine Group. The barges are being built at TY Offshore’s Gulfport facility. Florida Marine chairman and CEO Dennis A. Pasentine said in a statement, “In the commercial marine sector, there is nothing more time honored than christening a vessel and pressing her to service. To be launching the first of 10 identical vessels is that much more exciting. With TY Offshore’s keen attention to the design/build process, we’re able to report back to our customers that we’re on time and on budget. This fulfills expectations and creates confidence in the project management needed to complete the construction of the other nine barges.”