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FOUR RAL-DESIGNED BARGES FOR NW CANADA LAUNCHED IN CHINA

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 

Designer Robert Allan Ltd (RAL) of Canada says that the four RAL-designed double hull oil/deck cargo barges have now been launched at Nanjing Jinling Shipyard in China.

The barges, designed for operations in the Beaufort Sea and for shallow draught operations on the Mackenzie River, are being built by Jinling for Marine Transportation Services, which is fully owned by the Government of the Northwest Territories, Canada.  The primary mission of the barges is to deliver resupply goods to the communities along the Mackenzie River and the Beaufort Sea coastline. Barge MTS3501 was launched on June 16, MTS3502 on June 22, while barges MTS3503 and MTS3504 were launched on June 28. 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 Canada's Northwest Territories.

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 containerised and bulk deck cargoes.

At the loadline draught of 4.0m each 90m x 18.9m barge can carry a total deadweight of 3,373t, while at the river draught of 1.52m each barge can carry a total deadweight of 1,126t. Each barge has a liquid cargo capacity of 3 million litres and 112 TEU container capacity.

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