The Shearer Group, Inc., provided the design of a 297’- 6” x 54’ x 12’ inland service double skin tank barge to Raymond & Associates, LLC, Bayou La Batre, AL, for Progressive Barge Line, Inc., New Orleans. The PBL 3421 is the first of two barges, both 297’- 6” x 54’ x 12’ inland service double skin tank barges each having a cargo capacity of about 4700 short tons at 11’- 6” draft. The barges are certified by the U. S. Coast Guard as Type I, Type II or Type III hulls for 1.05 or lower specific gravity products and will be used in Progressive Barge Line’s operations on the Gulf Coast.
The barges, designed by The Shearer Group, Inc., have a cargo heating system utilizing a Hopkins Volcanic 8.0 MBTU Thermal Oil Heater, integral vapor control system and redundant cargo pumping systems, cargo metering systems, provisions for “split cargoes”, and a fueling boom.
Dimensions: 297’- 6” x 54’ x 12’Capacity: 30,000 BBLNumber of Tanks: 3Cargo: Caustic SodaClassification: Subchapter D/ODesigner: The Shearer Group, Inc.Builder: Raymond & Associates, LLCOwner: Progressive Barge Line