US Fab, a unit of Vigor Industrial, has won a contract from Harley Marine to build a deck barge.
Construction of the barge, which was designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants, will be carried out at Vigor’s Swan Island shipyard in Portland, Oregon, US.
Upon completion, the barge will be used to carry a variety of cargo between Dutch Harbor and Akuta in Alaska, with up to three runs per week.
Vigor Industrial sales manager Bryan Nichols said the collaboration with Jensen and Harley during the initial production design for the vessel will ensure maximum efficiency during construction.
"We were able to combine shipbuilding best practices with Jensen’s considerable design expertise and Harley’s requirements to finalise a cost-effective, buildable design with quick turnaround," Nichols said.
The vessel, to be named Iliuliuk Bay, will have a length of 250ft, breadth of 70ft, depth of 15.8ft and will be equipped with a 230t lift capacity Manitowoc 4100 crawler crane.
Harley subsidiary Pacific Coast Maritime’s general manager Jim Weimer said: "Having the ability to easily switch back and forth between containers and other cargo will help Harley Marine continue to provide quality and timely marine services to our customers."
The vessel will feature two D rings to protect containers that are stacked up to three high, and eight lashing bars running at the front and back for other cargo like heavy construction machinery or general equipment.
Image: The 250ft long Iliuliuk Bay will be used to transport cargo between Dutch Harbor and Akutan, Alaska. Photo: Vigor Industrial.