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Posted: August 26, 2010

New jobs for AMO aboard two ATBs


AMO members recently began work aboard two articulated tug/barges that will be traveling to Venezuela hauling equipment for a floating power generator.

The ATBs Blue Moon and Blue Bayou will soon be renamed Trafalgar and Victory, respectively, for their voyage to South America. AMO members are currently preparing the vessels for service in New Orleans.

"This is a good example of the new and diverse projects AMO has been working on," said AMO National Executive Board Member David Weathers. "These kinds of projects expand the AMO job base."

The vessels are operated by Interocean American Shipping for Waller Marine, Inc. and manned in all licensed positions by American Maritime Officers. The contract for the two ATBs covering this assignment is for approximately six months. When the assignment is complete, the ATBs will return to the U.S.

The project includes the construction and transportation of two floating power generators - the largest of their kind in the world - that will be towed to Tacoa, Venezuela, and installed in a prepared basin, where they will provide power for Caracas and the surrounding area.