Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Maxum Readies Four New Oil Barges for West Coast Service

Maxum Marine, a division of Greenwich, Conn.-based Maxum Petroleum, has formally christened the first of four new Global Class oil tank barges as the Global Seattle in a recent ceremony at Pier 66, in the Port of Seattle.

The Global Seattle, at 190 feet long and 46 feet wide, has a capacity of 10,000 barrels. The Global class barges feature double-hulls, eight cargo tanks and two Blackmer 8 inch cargo pumps that will be capable of supplying both marine gas oil and marine lubricants Offloading capacity is around 2,800 bbl/hr.

The double-hulled Global Seattle was followed out of the ways by the Global Long Beach, which has been delivered and is expected to begin operations in the Port of Los Angeles by the end of the month. The Global Seattle will serve the Port of Seattle.

Two additional sister barges are nearing completion and are expected to be delivered to Portland and San Francisco in May of this year. The vessels are being built by Madisonville, La.-based Trinity Marine Products, a division of Dallas-based Trinity Industries.

Maxum Marine, a division of Maxum Petroleum, provides marine gas oil and deep draft lubricants to vessels in ports throughout the US West Coast and British Columbia, as well as in the Panama Canal. Deep draft lubricants are blended at Maxum Marine facilities in Rancho Dominguez, Calif., and in Balboa, Panama.