GULFPORT, Miss. – FMT Industries, LLC—an affiliate of Florida Marine Transporters, Inc. (Florida Marine)—has signed a contract with Trinity Offshore, LLC to build four 297’6” x 54’ x 12’, 30,000 barrel tank barges, according to a press release. Florida Marine’s chairman and CEO, Dennis A. Pasentine, said in a statement, “The order is part of Florida Marine’s ongoing commitment to meet its customers’ needs. This contract for four barges and six option barges was awarded to Trinity Offshore due to its high quality workmanship and its large under cover production space.” The barges will be built at the Trinity facility here in Gulfport.
John Dane III, Trinity Offshore’s president and CEO, said in a statement, “We are delighted to be awarded this FMT contract; it is a significant step for Trinity’s re-entry into the important Inland Barge Sector. The project will be the first to utilize Trinity’s new panel line to be completed and in service within the next few months. The first barge will deliver in mid-2012 and the project will employ two hundred workers at its peak during the next 18 months.”