A New Concept In Chemical Barge Transportation
In order to provide high quality chemical transshipment service in the U.S. Gulf area, Stolt-Nielsen, Inc., the Connecticut-based parcel tanker group, contracted with Maryland Marine, Inc. for three stainless-steel barges which meet the strictest requirements to barging between their large parcel tankers and terminals.
The barges, with stainless-steel tanks, have been upgraded with a cargo-handling system that meets the highest U.S. Coast Guard certification standards.
Based upon their experience with the Frank Mohn stainless-steel submerged pumps, used by Stolt- Nielsen throughout their fleet, two of the barges are retrofitted with individual submerged Frank Mohn pumps in all cargo tanks. This concept, the FRAMO barge system, being innovative in the barge operation, enables Maryland Marine to handle a vast number of different cargoes with the same efficiency and segregation as onboard Stolt-Nielsen's large parcel tanks. The combination of stainless steel tanks and lines, and individual in-tank mounted submerged pumps, ensures strict quality control and safety measures.
The first barge, which was converted at the Newpark Shipyard in Houston, entered service earlier this year, followed by the second barge two months later.
Equipped with a Stewart & Stevenson GM diesel engine driving the hydraulic power pack and being able to carry up to eight different cargoes simultaneously and discharge 300 to 450 tons/h, the barges provide exceptional performance with regard to turnaround time and cleanliness standards.
Frank Mohn Houston Inc., reports this is the first time the Frank Mohn pumps with their discharge performance and stripping capability have been installed in barges.
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