Bergeron Launches 100th Vessel Built At Its Mississippi Facility

A significant event occurred recently at Bergeron Marine when the barge CMS-563 (shown above) slid down the launchways at the company's Port Bienville facility. The 120-foot by 30-foot by 7-foot steel deck barge built for Central Marine Service, Inc., New Orleans, was the 100th vessel constructed at the Mississippi yard.

Production began at the 40-acre site located in the sprawling Port Bienville Industrial Park near Pearlington, Miss., in the spring of 1978. On April 14, 1978, Bergeron Marine launched its first vessel, the CMS- 434, a 110-foot deck barge, also owned by Central Marine Service.

Initially, the company's operations at Port Bienville were confined to new construction.

In addition to the new construction of a wide range of barges, Bergeron Marine's facilities were expanded and now include a specialized LASH barge repair and renovation facility. This facility, now a very important part of Bergeron's Mississippi operation, is believed to be the finest of its kind in the United States for the repair and reconditioning of LASH barge fleets.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 45,  Jan 15, 1981 Massachusetts

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