Two new Robert Allan barge designs for Wolverine Terminals fuel service

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Posted on 31 January 2022 12:18 by

The Maritime Executive

[By: Robert Allan Ltd]

Robert Allan Ltd. is pleased to announce that construction of Wolverine Terminals’ two new marine fuel barges commenced in late 2021 at Damen Shipyards in Vietnam. The two new Robert Allan Ltd. barge models. will be the primary marine assets of Wolverine Terminals new marine fuels service for the Port of Prince Rupert, which will come into service in 2023. The service will offer marine fuel of various grades and types to commercial marine traffic. entering the port of Prince Rupert.

Both barges are unique designs specifically tailored to the site and intended operations. There will be a Rail/Terminal Barge and a Distribution Barge for the following basic operations:

  • Transfer of tank cars on and off the rail/terminal barge at the existing Aquatrain terminal in Prince Rupert
  • Tug-assisted transport of the rail/terminal barge between the Aquatrain terminal and a new Wolverine Terminals docking site, a distance of approximately 400 meters
  • Transfer of marine fuel from railcars to fuel storage tanks located in rail/terminal barge
  • Marine fuel transfer from rail/terminal barge to distribution barge
  • Tug-assisted transport of the distribution barge between the fuel service mooring site and approved locations in the port
  • Transfer of fuels from the distribution barge to the large cargo ships
  • Both barge designs have undergone detailed risk assessments and class approval with Lloyds Register and Transport Canada.

The design of the 12,400 DWT, 142 meter x 30 meter rail/terminal barge incorporates the loading and storage of multiple tank cars and the in-hull storage of marine fuels. The design incorporates a double hull, cargo handling equipment, tank heating, spill prevention and recovery equipment, on-board and shore power to operating facilities. The rail/terminal barge design solves many unique challenges by blending the rail and marine industries.

The 4,800 DWT, 78 meter x 20 meter distribution barge is very similar in design to other marine fuel distribution barges operating in the Port of Vancouver and other west coast ports. The design incorporates a double hull, cargo handling equipment, tank heating, spill prevention and recovery equipment, onboard power generation and operating facilities.

Wolverine Terminals engaged Robert Allan Ltd. in 2017 to develop and design these blank sheet designs with input and expertise from industry experts, the classroom, Transport Canada and the entire design team.

The products and services described in this press release are not endorsed by The Maritime Executive.

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