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.