McDermott Shipyards To Build Inter-Island Barge For Matson

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McDermott Shipyards has been awarded a contract by Matson Navigation Company of San Francisco to build a unique, 350-foot self-unloading container/tank barge. It will be used for Matson's inter-island cargo services in the Hawaiian Islands, and will be named Haleakala for the famous mountain on Maui.

The vessel will have a beam of 64 feet, depth of 21 feet 3 inches, and tank capacity for 1,700 long tons of molasses. Its deck will accommodate 216 standard freight containers of various sizes, including dry cargo and refrigerated boxes, and auto frames.

Features of the barge will include movable cell guides to secure containers on deck, an onboard revolving crane that will keep containers parallel with the barge during loading and unloading, and a radio-controlled stern thruster to assist in docking operations. The vessel will be towed by a tugboat and used for transshipping Pacific Coast-Hawaii cargo between Honolulu and the islands of Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai.

The big barge will be constructed in three sections at each of McDermott's shipyards. The bow section will be built in New Iberia, La.; the stern section with machinery in Morgan City, La.; and the midbody in Gulfport, Miss. Final assembly will take place at the Morgan City yard, with completion scheduled for August 1984.

The McDermott shipyards specialize in the construction and repair of large tugs, supply boats, barges, drill rigs, living quarters, and a wide variety of oceangoing work vessels.

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