Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that because of changing market conditions and a commitment to support customer needs, the company’s solutions group is expanding its presence in the Asia Pacific market with a new office in Singapore and the construction of up to four new heavy-lift deck cargo barges for dedicated use in the region.
Crowley says the expansion will allow the company to better support customers in the oil and gas mining; Engineering, Construction and Procurement Management (ECPM); and Engineering, Procurement, Installation and Commissioning (EPIC) industries who are increasingly embarking on large-scale onshore and offshore projects, and require additional support and resources including full-service project management and logistics solutions.
“This move not only allows us to broaden our geographical reach, but will also allow for more efficient turnkey solutions within the areas in which our customers are focused,” said Craig Tornga, Crowley’s vice president of solutions. “It is also important for us to be able to support the operation and market growth with dedicated equipment, which is why we are investing in the construction of two new barges for the region.”
The group says a yard in China is currently building two new 400-foot-long and 120-foot-wide (122 meter x 36.5 meter) heavy-lift deck (HDB) barges to be positioned in Batam, Indonesia. The barges will have 25-foot (7.6 meter) side shells, which provide both the capacity and deck strength (up to 4,200 pounds per square foot [25 tons per square meter] needed to accommodate larger drilling and production units used for deepwater offshore energy exploration and development. Additionally, the HDB series barges are designed with more robust ballast systems to deal with high tidal ranges found in the region’s load and discharge ports, and with the internal strength to withstand setting on bottom of the seabed while loaded if so dictated by shallow discharge ports where tidal movement may be problematic.
“As the industry looks to build and transport larger construction modules and topsides, the new Crowley HDB series barges will be better suited to handle the complex deck loads without the need for additional grillage in most cases,” said Tornga.
The barges will be ABS-classed, with an approximate dead weight capacity of 20,000 metric tons. Both were designed by Crowley’s naval architecture and mariner engineering subsidiary Jensen Maritime, and are currently under construction in China. Crowley also has the option to build two additional barges. They are scheduled for delivery in early 2014.
The exact address of the new office in Singapore is being determined and will be announced later this year, Crowley says.
Crowley’s solutions group is a Project Management Organization (PMOrg) providing marine solutions as a prime contractor for the energy and resource extraction industries. This specialized team, which has its main Project Management Office (PMO) in Houston, Texas, provides turnkey marine solutions through the company’s diverse capabilities, assets and world-class project management skills.