FMC Building 400-Foot Oceangoing Barge For Zidell Explorations

Construction started recently at FMC Corporation's Marine and Rail Equipment Division, Portland, Ore., on a 400-foot-long deck cargo barge for Zidell Explorations, Inc. Delivery of the barge is scheduled for December. The largest new barge ever built for Zidell, it will be certified for ocean service and named "Z Big 1" by its owners.

Emery Zidell, president of Zidell Explorations, Inc., said, "We perceive this barge to be the first of a series of larger units we plan to acquire for our lease fleet worldwide." William R. Galbraith, division vice president, sales at FMC, said, "The 'Z Big 1' exemplifies the big barge construction capability provided by our 650-foot-long side-launch ways." Although the barge is being built as a deck cargo vessel, it will be fitted with piping for easy conversion to a petroleum tank barge with a capacity of 150,000 barrels, and ocean certification. The principal particulars are: length, overall — 400 feet; beam, molded — 99 feet 6 inches; depth, molded — 25 feet; draft, loaded — 19 feet 4 inches; and deck cargo capacity—18,500 long tons.

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