The Greenbrier Companies subsidiary Greenbrier Marine has delivered an oil and chemical tank barge OSG 204 to Overseas Shipholding Group (OSG).
The 204,000 barrel capacity vessel was built to carry out dual-mode integrated tug barge (ITB) operation in compliance with US Coast Guard NVIC 2-81, Change 1 standard.
The 581ft tank barge will also meet the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) Annex VI Regulation 13 Tier III standards that deal with the nitrogen oxide emissions in emission control areas.
The vessel is one of the largest built by Greenbrier Marine.
The vessel is paired with another existing OSG tug, the OSG Endurance. OSG 204 will travel to the Gulf of Mexico to support the growing presence of OSG in the Jones Act trade.
Greenbrier Marine is also building a second sister barge OSG with delivery planned during the last quarter of 2020.
Greenbrier Gunderson general manager Richard Hunt said: “OSG is a great customer and a dedicated business partner and we appreciate the opportunity to work together on the construction of this vessel.
“The launching of OSG 204 was completed in December and the christening was celebrated on 19 May at the first virtual barge christening in the history of Greenbrier Marine, an adaptation necessitated by Covid-19.”
OSG president and CEO Sam Norton said: “Completing a complex engineering and construction project on time and on a budget is a challenge under any circumstances. Having done so under the constraints imposed by Covid-19 makes that achievement all the more laudable.
“OSG is gratified to have partnered with Greenbrier Marine in the building of OSG 204, a barge that will serve for many years to come as a visible statement of OSG’s continued commitment to supporting the US Maritime industry.”
In August 2018, the company entered a binding contract with OSG for the barge construction.