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Vigor Fab Delivers Harley Marine’s Newest Alaskan Deck Barge

PORTLAND, Ore. (October 31, 2013) – Vigor Fab has delivered Harley Marine Services’ newest vessel, the 250’x70’x15’8” Iliuliuk Bay deck barge. Iliuliuk Bay, an Aleut name meaning Big Island, was purpose-built to enhance quality of service provided to customers living and working in Alaska. 

Iliuliuk Bay is in transit to Dutch Harbor and will enter service on November 3rd.  Her unique design provides a flexible workhorse that can easily switch between containers and other cargo to serve the diverse needs of Harley Marine’s customers.  She will transport a wide variety of cargo between Dutch Harbor and neighboring islands.

Iliuliuk Bay is the 18th hull fabricated in our Portland yard,” said Bryan Nichols, Vigor sales manager. “It is the latest in a series of new build and repair projects supporting Alaskan operations in offshore oil and gas, fishing and transportation services.”

The barge, designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants and built at Vigor’s Swan Island Shipyard in Portland, Ore., houses a Manitowoc 4100 Vicon Series crawler crane, D-rings to secure 40’ ocean containers up to three high and eight lashing bars running fore and aft for other cargo such as heavy construction machinery or general equipment.

Jim Weimer, General Manager of Pacific Coast Maritime states, “The barge is a welcome addition to the growing Harley Marine fleet.  Iliuliuk Bay’s capacity and custom-built features will allow Harley Marine to continue providing versatility in cargo movements, enhanced safety for the cargo operations and quality marine service to our Alaska based customers.”

Vigor Industrial is a leading provider of shipbuilding, ship repair and other industrial services in Oregon, Washington and Alaska.

Harley Marine Services is a leading provider of marine transportation services in the United States, with operations along the West Coast (including Alaska), New York Harbor and the US Gulf Coast. Services provided include the transportation and storage of petroleum products, ship assist and escort, the transportation of general cargo and rescue towing. Harley Marine is dedicated to providing excellent customer service and maintaining our obligations to employees, shareholders, our community and the environment.

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