FMC Launches Big Deck Barge For Puget Sound Freight Lines

The Marine and Rail Equipment D i v i s i o n of FMC Corporation, Portland, Ore., launched the barge Cape Flattery at their side launch ways on the Willamette river recently.

The 253-foot covered deck barge, built for P u g e t Sound Freight Lines of Seattle, has a 4,400-ton cargo capacity.

"This barge, plus others currently under construction, are an important part of our business during increasingly tough economic conditions," explained John E. Carroll Jr., FMC's division president.

FMC built the barge to ocean service rules of the American Bureau of Shipping and the U.S.

Coast Guard. Naval architects were L.R. Glosten and Associates, Inc. of Seattle.

"Construction time on the ways was only 2y2 months," added Mr.

Carroll, "and after final outfitting and testing, the Cape Flattery was delivered to her owners in mid-July.

According to Howard Lovejoy, chairman and president of Puget Sound Freight Lines, all Puget Sound barges are named after shoreline landmarks, such as Cape Flattery, which is located on the e x t r e m e n o r t h w e s t corner of Washington State on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. "This (barge) goes into service as the largest and finest of our fleet," added Mr. Lovejoy.

The Marine and Rail Equipment Division of FMC is a manufacturer of two types of transportation equipment in Portland: marine vessels and railroad freight cars. FMC Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a major international producer of machinery and chemicals for industry, agriculture, and government, with 1979 sales of $3.31 billion. Worldwide, the company has more than 46,000 employees located at 143 manufacturing f a c i l i t i e s in 34 states in the United States, and 14 other nations.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 34,  Aug 1980

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