The Shearer Group Inc. (TSGI) announced October 6 the delivery of a 250- by 54- by 12-foot, 6-inch, 23,000-barrel tank barge built by Southwest Shipyard L.P. of Houston, Texas. Southwest Shipyard contracted TSGI to develop the design of the barge.
The barge’s primary mission is to deliver jet fuel to support U.S. Navy assets. The barge was designed to ABS Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels for Service on Rivers and Intracoastal Waterways and applicable rules by the U.S. Coast Guard for barges carrying Subchapter D & O products on rivers.
The barge features six cargo tanks, two S6B3-429BPU Tier 3 cargo pump engines, a reinforced ice framed bow, generator and HPU house, hydraulic cargo hose handling cranes and an air conditioned tankerman’s shed.