Trinity To Build Two Double-Hull Barges For Bouchard Transportation

Trinity Industries, Inc., a subsidiary of Gretna Machine & Iron Works, Inc., Harvey, La., was recently awarded contracts from Bouchard Transportation Co., Inc., Hicksville, N.Y., to build two, 467-foot, ocean-going barges with double hulls to meet the OPA 90 requirements. Each barge will be capable of carrying 133,000 barrels of petroleum products.

Morton Bouchard III, president of Bouchard Transportation said: "The barges will each be 467 feet long, with an 80-foot beam and 36-foot depth. While they will appear almost identical, each will be equipped for different purposes." Barge No. One is designed to carry "clean" products such as jet fuel and gasolines. It will have a closed loading system and a sophisticated vapor recovery system to prevent discharge of vapors into the atmosphere. The barge's cargo tanks will be coated with a high-build epoxy tank lining system to prevent contamination in the cargoes Barge No. Two will carry "black" products such as No. 6 oil and crude oil. A 12 million BTU coiled heating system will be installed to keep the heavy petroleum products from congealing or hardening so it can be discharged from the barge. Each barge cargo pump will be driven by a Detroit diesel engine.

Barge No. One and Barge No. Two are scheduled for delivery in January and July of 1993, respectively.

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