NABRICO Constructs 2 Dump Scows For Panama Canal Commission

Two 215-foot by 50-foot by 14- foot split-hull dump scows have been constructed by Nashville Bridge Company (NABRICO) of Nashville, Tenn., for the Panama Canal Commission.

The two 1,300-cubic-yard barges, the first to be built by NABRICO for the Commission, will be used in the on-going dredging operations in the Panama Canal. Each is classed by the American Bureau of Shipping as an unmanned ocean service barge complete with loadline.

A steel reinforced four-inch layer of concrete has been used to protect the hoppers from damage by the 15- cubic-yard bucket used in the dredging operations.

Installed on the barges are two hydraulically operated rams which can open the hopper in approximately 30 seconds and close it in one minute.

After construction and preliminary testing at NABRICO, the two barges were towed from Nashville to New Orleans, across the Gulf of Mexico to Gamboa in the Republic of Panama for final testing and acceptance by the Commission.

NABRICO is a wholly owned subsidiary of The American Ship Building Company of Tampa, Fla. The company has been in the marine field for more than 70 years and is primarily concerned with the design, engineering and construction of grain and coal barges, deck barges, liquid tank barges and cement barges for river and ocean service as well as drydocks and towboats.

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