Four barges launched for Canada's Marine Transportation Services
Four new 90-metre oil / deck cargo barges for the Government of Canada of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) Marine Transportation Services (MTS) were launched by Nanjing Jinling Shipyard in Nanjing , China.
The first barge MTS 3501 was launched on 16 June, followed by barge MTS 3502 launched on 22 June and barges MTS 3503 and MTS 3504 launched on 28 June.
The barges will undergo final testing and touch-up work in preparation for a 400-kilometer tow down the Yangtse River to Shanghai, where they will be loaded and transported to Tuktoyaktuk, Northern Canada.
The barges are built by Robert Allan Ltd. to the Lloyd's Class Rules for double hulled oil barges and comply with the laws and regulations of MARPOL and Transport Canada. Every barge will be capable of carrying liquid petroleum cargo and bulk cargo.
The barges are equipped for operations in the Beaufort Sea and shallow draft operations on the Mackenzie River in Northern Canada.
Maritime Business World