Second Of Four Triple-Deck TMT Barges Placed In Service

Trailer Marine Transport Corporation's Second triple-deck barge, the El Conquistador, departed Jacksonville, Fla., October 15, on her maiden voyage to San Juan, Puerto Rico, according to Robert G. Homan, senior vice president of the Caribbean Division of Crowley Maritime Corporation, TMT's parent company.

The Conquistador is the second received of four mammoth triple-deck barges to go into service between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico. Built by FMC Corporation, Marine and Rail Division, Portland, Ore., these barges are the world's largest ro/ro barges, measuring 580 feet long, 105 feet wide, 57 feet high and capable of transporting 374 fortyfoot truck trailers.

A sister barge, the La Reina, joined TMT's fleet in May of this year, and two more sister barges are scheduled for delivery in 1979. TMT provides trailerized cargo service between stateside terminals in Jacksonville/ Miami, Fla., and Lake Charles, La.; and Puerto Rico, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, the Virgin Islands and the Leeward and Windward Islands.

TMT is the largest ro/ro carrier in the Caribbean trade operating out of the Southeast and Gulf. These tri-deck barges join five 400 by 100-foot, double-deck barges currently in TMT service.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 16,  Nov 1978 Edward R. Robertson

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