Friday, April 29, 2016

Gunderson Marine Awarded Barge Contract

By Mark Edward Nero

Gunderson Marine, a division of Lake Oswego, Oregon-based Greenbrier Companies, said April 28 that it has received an order from Harley Marine Services to build two 430-foot ocean-going barges, each with an 82,000 barrel carrying capacity.

Construction on the barges is expected to begin by mid-2016, with delivery of both scheduled for the second half of 2017.

Over the past nine months Gunderson Marine has delivered two 578-foot articulated ocean-going barges for chemical and oil service.

With the current orders, Gunderson Marine is responding to new barge demand for transporting refined products across US waterways from coastal refineries. Gunderson is one of the few shipyards on the West Coast experienced in building large, articulated tug barges.

Gunderson most recently delivered a barge to Harley Marine in 2009.

“It is always rewarding to serve a repeat customer. We are pleased that Harley Marine has again sought to partner with Gunderson Marine as its transportation solutions provider,” Gunderson Chair and CEO William Furman said in a statement. “The marine order activity Greenbrier reports today demonstrates our commitment to diversify our revenue base as our core North American railcar markets transition over the course of this year and into 2017.”

Harley Franco, Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Harley Marine, said Gunderson Marine shares his company’s core priorities: safety, environmental protection, customer service and on-time delivery.

“We are pleased to return to work with them on these important vessels and look forward to extending our business relationship in the future,” he said.