Kirby Articulated Tug Barge Unit

Signal was awarded a contract by Kirby Ocean Transport Company of Houston, Texas to build two articulated tug/barge units; the vessel is comprised of a 20,000 DWT ocean bulk barge with a 6,000 BHP AT/B ocean tug.  The barge will measure 480' x 90' x 36' and will be outfitted with Ocean Tug & Barge Engineering's Articouple connection.  The 6,000 HP tugboat will be 125' x 42' x 22' built and classed to ABS Maltese Cross, +A1 Ocean Towing Service standards.  The AT/B will transport dry-bulk commodities in United States coastwise trade.

The barge fabrication work started in August 2011 at Signal's state-of-the-art continuous flow manufacturing facility in Orange, Texas, which has 450,000 sq. ft. of covered fabrication area.  Fabrication on the tug will begin in November.  The first AT/B will be completed in 14 months; the second will be built in less than 12 months. 

This facility recently completed two of the world's largest floating power generation barges within a 180-day production schedule.