Grain Transfer Facility Hull Launched At Bergeron Yard

Bergeron Industries, Inc., St. Bernard, La., has launched the K-2 for Rogers Terminal and Shipping Corporation, a subsidiary of Cargill, Incorporated. The unit is the hull for a floating grain transfer facility, and measures 330 feet by 75 feet by 15 feet. The facility will be completed in Greenville, Miss., by NCI of Minnesota, Inc.

When complete, the facility will transfer grain from barge to ship at a rate of 60,000 bushels per hour, and possess the capability of blending, sampling, analyzing, and storing product. Automatic scales provide for constant monitoring of cargo flow both from the barges and to the ship, while completely enclosed conveyor systems, working in negative pressure enclosures, make the entire facility environmentally safe.

The hull was designed by Bergeron in conjunction with Swantec, Inc. of Minneapolis, and built at Bergeron's Braithwaite marine facility, located at mile 80.7 on the Mississippi River near the Port of New Orleans.

The installation of below-deck machinery and systems was accomplished prior to launch, with the erection of above-deck cargo-handling equipment ensuing after launch. Once completed, the unit will then be towed to its operating area and become the largest, most sophisticated facility of its kind.

This vessel is in keeping with Bergeron's policy of increased service to both domestic and international markets. With general offices in St. Bernard, and marine facilities at Braithwaite, La., and Port Bienville, Miss., Bergeron is one of the nation's leading designers and builders of marine equipment.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 63,  Oct 15, 1980

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