January 9, 1982 - Maritime Reporter and Engineering News

80-Ton Floating Crane Delivered To Great Southern

Great Southern Derrick Barge Company has taken delivery of a $3-million 80-ton floating crane to enhance their operations in the Tampa Bay, Fla., area.

Mounted on a 125 by 52-foot barge built by Bergeron Industries, Inc., St. Bernard, La., the crane is a newly constructed Clyde model 24 Whirley with a 120-foot boom outreach and is specially designed for fast duty cycle work. It is presently equipped with a 15-yard bucket for discharging dry materials at a rate of up to 800 tons per hour.

The crane will be equipped to handle any type of dry material, dredging and salvage work, as well as scrap metals, containers, and heavy lifts.

Great Southern is a recently formed joint venture of Standard Gypsum Company of Ft. Lauderdale and Peraco Chartering Corporation of New York. Standard Gypsum, a shipping and trading company, and their affiliate, Bulk Stevedores, Inc., operate dry bulk terminal facilities in the Port of Tampa and Port Everglades.

Paul D. deMariano, president of Great Southern and Standard Gypsum, announced that the crane has been stationed in Tampa to accommodate imported dry materials in a manner more commonly associated with major ports on the Mississippi River and in the New York/New Jersey/Baltimore area.

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