Bollinger Delivers For K-Sea Transportation
Bollinger Marine Fabricators has delivered the DBL 81, an 80,000-barrel ocean service, double hull, oil tank barge to K-Sea Transportation Corp. It is the second of a four OPA '90 barge contract underway at Bollinger for K-Sea.
DBL 101, a 100,000 bbl barge, the first of the four was delivered by Bollinger in July 2002. The remaining two barges in the contract will each have capacities of 80,000 and 100,000 bbl's, and are scheduled for delivery in the second and fourth quarter of 2003. DBL 81 was built to a new design provided by Guarino and Cox naval architects and marine engineers, which was adapted from a Richard Taubler Inc. design. The barge is coupled with an existing K-Sea tug, JAVA SEA, using a connection system designed and delivered by Acomarin Engineering. While the DBL 81 was in the final stages of construction, Bollinger Gulf Repair, L.L.C., retrofitted the Java Sea with a JAK coupler system. DBL 81 will feature double block cargo segregation, segregated ballast, cargo monitoring — as well as advanced electrical and hydraulic systems. The unmanned barge also features an eight-foot high trunk deck.