Bay Shipbuilding Company (BSC), an operating division of Fincantieri Marine Group, has entered into several contracts with Moran Towing to build three oil/chemical barges and two tugs to be operated together as ATBs.
Two barges with cargo capacities of 150,000 bbls., one 110,000-bbl.-capacity barge and two tugs (6,000 hp and 5,300 hp) will be entirely built at BSC’s facility in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., and are scheduled to be delivered separately over the next 24 months. Construction has already begun on the first units.
“This new business coupled with conversion work and the steady flow of annual repair jobs will keep us busy throughout the next several months,” said Todd Thayse, BSC’s vice president and general manager. “We will begin bolstering our production force by midsummer with steel fitters and welders being the first trades that will be hired.”