GULFPORT, Miss. – FMT Industries LLC— one of the several companies in Florida Marine Group — has exercised its option with Trinity Offshore LLC (now called TY Offshore) to build six additional 297’6”x 54’x12’, 30,000-bbl.tank barges. The original contract signed in October called for four 30,000-bbl. barges with options for six more. Trinity should deliver the first barge in mid-July with additional barges to follow every 30 days, according to TY Offshore. The barges are being built at Trinity’s facility in Gulfport. When delivered in July, the barge will signify Trinity’s reentry into the inland barge sector.
“Florida Marine continues to place its commitment to meet customers’ needs at the forefront of our priority list. To fulfill expectations, and with progress on our original contract well in hand at TY Offshore, we’ve decided to go ahead with the six option barges, ” Florida Marine’s chairman and CEO Dennis A. Pasentine said in a statement.
“To exercise their option for the additional six barges only months following the original contract shows significant assurance in our capabilities. It also guarantees that 200 TY Offshore workers will be employed over the next 20 months,” John Dane III, TY Offshore’s president and CEO, said in the release,
In addition to its fleet of several hundred tank, deck, hopper and pressure barges, Florida Marine also boasts a fleet of over 80 towboats. FMT is in the midst of building 55 2,300-hp, 90’x32’x10′ towboats at Eastern Shipbuilding Group in Panama City, Fla. In mid-June, Eastern delivered the 50th towboat, the Capt. Jerry J. Wiltz. Boats 51 through 55 are scheduled for delivery through the end of 2012. After that, FMT may exercise options for additional 90-footers at Eastern.