Port Allen Marine Delivers Butadiene Tank Barge To Shell

Port Allen Marine Services (PAMS), a subsidiary of Midland Affiliated Company, recently delivered the first of two butadiene tank barges to Shell Oil Company. The second barge is scheduled for delivery one month after the first.

These barges have an overall length of 205 feet, beam of 52.5 feet, and depth of 12.5 feet, and will be consistent with the current rules and regulations of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The unmanned, independent pressure tank barges are completely equipped with the tanks, piping.

and auxiliaries required to carry inhibited butadiene (specific gravity of 0.638 at 40 F). Each barge is fitted with three independent pressure vessels supported by six saddles in one compartment within a single skin. The cargo tank compartment, covered by a structural steel trunk deck, features a closed-type cargohandling system with pressure-type discharging and vapor recovery.

With modern, efficient facilities on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and in the Port of Baton Rouge.

PAMS is one of the most diverse shipyards on the Lower Mississippi.

A convenient location at milepost 5.7 on the Port Allen-Morgan City- Cutoff allows PAMS to take on many projects at any one time. The shipyard provides barge construction.

repair, sandblasting, painting, tank coating, cleaning, and drydocking.

Boats, barges, offshore drilling structures, and quarters houses can all be constructed at the modern fabrication facility. Modern equipment includes a hydraulic press brake, robot-operated stiffiner, fitting and welding machines, a oneside butt welder, and an automatic structural cutting saw. The yard has many years of experience building barges for the largest fleet on the inland waterways.

PAMS' cleaning plant can handle as many as 100 barges a month. Liquid and dry bulk shippers rely on the company's cleaning services because of its competence, speed, and compliance with all environmental regulations. PAMS has specialized in the gas-freeing and cleaning of barges for more than 20 years.

Five drydocks, ranging from 500 to 2,500 tons, accommodate all major and minor repairs of barges, towboats, tugs, supply boats, and drilling rigs. A large inventory of structurals, plates, piping, valves, fittings.

and other replacement parts, combined with the PAMS skilled work force, eliminate costly delays and get a vessel back in the water quickly.

The same high standards of quality that characterize other PAMS operations apply to the machine shop. This fully equipped facility can produce the close-tolerance machined parts required by the marine and petrochemcial industries, as well as others.

The river repair facility, located at milepost 225 on the Lower Mississippi, offers immediate 24-hour midstream and topside repairs to ships in Baton Rouge Harbor. The river plant also provides service alongside its 600-foot dock and 1,500-ton drydock.

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