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Posted: March 7, 2014

New AMO jobs ahead as Seabulk Tankers places order for Jones Act ATB

Seabulk Tankers, Inc. has entered into agreements for the construction of one coastal chemical and petroleum articulated tug/barge unit with a capacity of 185,000 barrels. The Jones Act ATB will be operated under contract with American Maritime Officers.

The barge will be built for Seabulk Tankers - a wholly owned subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings, Inc. - by DonJon Shipbuilding, and the tug will be built by BAE Systems.

Delivery is expected in the first half of 2016, Seabulk reported.

"This ATB order brings additional capabilities to Seabulk's growing fleet and positions us to service existing and developing customer requirements with modern, efficient equipment," said Seabulk Tankers President and Chief Operating Officer Daniel Thorogood.

The order for the ATB unit follows the company's recent construction orders for three Jones Act tankers with the option for a fourth at General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego, Calif.

The new tankers - which will each be 50,000 deadweight tons with a 330,000-barrel cargo capacity, and built ready for conversion to use of LNG as a fuel - will also be operated under contract with AMO.