Robert Allan Ltd. designed 3500 MT DWT Double Hulled Oil Barges built in China

August 5, 2020

On June 16, 2020, the barge MTS 3501 was launched at Nanjing Jinling Shipyard, in Nanjing, China. The MTS 3501 is the first of four Robert Allan Ltd. designed double hull oil/deck cargo barges that are being built by Jinling Shipyard. Barge MTS 3502 was launched on June 22, 2020, while barges MTS 3503 and MTS 3504 were launched on June 28, 2020. The barges will undergo final testing and touch-up work in preparation for the tow down the Yangtse River to Shanghai (approximately 400 km), where they will be loaded onto a semi-submersible heavy lift vessel and transported to Tuktoyaktuk, in the Northwest Territories, in Northern Canada.

The barges are designed to Lloyd’s Class Rules for double hulled oil barges and are compliant with MARPOL and Transport Canada Rules and Regulations. Each barge will be capable of carrying liquid petroleum cargoes and containerized and bulk deck cargoes.

The barges are designed for operations in the Beaufort Sea and for shallow draft operations on the Mackenzie River in Northern Canada. They will be operated by Marine Transportation Services, which is fully owned by the Government of the Northwest Territories. The primary mission of the barges is to deliver resupply goods to the communities along the Mackenzie River and the Beaufort Sea coastline. At the loadline draft each barge can carry a total deadweight of 3,373 tonnes, while at the river draft of 1.52 m each barge can carry a total deadweight of 1,126 tonnes. Each barge has a liquid cargo capacity of 3.0 million litres.

Particulars of the MTS barges are as follows:

  • Length overall: 90.0 m
  • Beam, moulded: 18.9 m
  • Depth, least moulded: 4.0 m
  • River draft: 1.52 m
  • Loadline draft: 2.82 m

Capacities are:

  • Total Deadweight at River Draft (1.42 m): 1,126 tonnes
  • Total Deadweight at Load Line Draft (2.82 m): 3,373 tonnes
  • Arctic Diesel Capacity (95% full): 2,498 m3
  • Gasoline/Aviation fuel at River Draft: 543 m3
  • Spill Tank: 6.9 m3
  • 20-foot Container capacity: 112 TEU

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