Friday, November 2, 2012

US Fab Wins Barge Build Contract

Vigor Industrial subsidiary US Fab has won the contract to build American Construction Co.’s newest vessel, a 242-foot by 54-foot, 4,050-cubic yard, split hull dump barge.

The barge was designed by The Glosten Associates of Seattle, Washington and features an advanced sealing mechanism to safeguard environmentally sensitive areas from potential leakage. Construction of the barge is expected to take place in Vigor’s Swan Island shipyard in Portland, Oregon. The yard is outfitted with an expansive 800-foot buildway, 600-ton gantry crane and 150,000 feet of covered fabrication bays.

Construction is on a tight schedule, with delivery scheduled for June 30, 2013.

“There are a limited number of split hull dump barges on the West Coast and American Construction is a leader in both cutting edge equipment and quality services,” Vigor Industrial sales representative Bryan Nichols said. “We’re proud to add them as a customer and are looking forward to a long-term relationship.”

American Construction is a dredging and marine construction company headquartered in Tacoma, Washington. The firm’s history in the Puget Sound dates back to 1903.

“US Fab has a solid reputation for on time, on budget deliveries,” American Construction President Steven Brannon said. “We’re confident they will hit our deadlines and deliver a quality vessel to augment our fleet and ensure the safety of our operators.”