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June 8, 2009

Harley Marine orders 83,000 bbl barge from U.S. Barge

U.S. Barge, Portland, Oregon, has signed a contract with Seattle-headquartered Harley Marine Services to build an 83,000 barrel double hull barge. This contract supports Harley Marine Services's goal of accelerated compliance with OPA 90 requirements for double hulled barges.

"Harley Marine Services is pleased with the work and craftsmanship of U.S. Barge," commented Harley Marine Services Director of Barge Operations, Keith Barnes, "We are happy to partner with U.S. Barge to achieve our accelerated OPA 90 compliance plan. Industry-wide, the deadline is 2015. Harley Marine Services has committed to achieving compliance by 2012."

The 83,000 barrel capacity barge will measure 422 ft long by 76 ft wide. It will be ABS Classed Maltese Cross A-1 and Loadline Unmanned Ocean Services. On delivery in spring 2010, it will be placed in service to support Harley Marine Services's West Coast-wide operations.

Harley Marine operates the largest fleet of double hull barges on the West Coast. This latest unit will be the nineteenth in its fleet.

All outfitting will be performed inhouse by U.S. Barge, which operates from a large facility based on Portland's Swan Island. It has 150,000 square feet of covered fabrication bays and an 800 foot long buildway. Recent infrastructure investments include a 1,000-ton gantry crane and a dry dock with a 50,000 ton lift capacity.

The barge will have a full vapor processing unit and an electronic cargo tank monitoring system. All twelve cargo tanks will be coiled with a heating system calibrated to keep the product within a narrow temperature range.

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