Dillingham Maritime Delivers Building Modules To Valdez For Transport To North Slope

Dillingham Maritime recently delivered 124 building modules and support materials on three separate sailings from Seattle to the Port of Valdez, Alaska. The cargo was en route to Alaska's North Slope for the Conoco, Inc., Group Milne Point oil development project. The delivery demonstrated the advantages of routing tug and barge shipments destined for the North Slope through the Port of Valdez. After arriving in Valdez, the cargo was trucked 920 miles to Milne Point, which is located 35 miles from Prudhoe Bay.

The modules were delivered to Valdez aboard 274- and 250-foot Foss barges, towed by the 2,900-hp tug Stacey Foss. Each module measured up to 60 feet long, 14 feet wide and 11 feet 10 inches high. The modules, manufactured by Olympic in Boise, Idaho, were trucked to Seattle's Foss Terminal for loading on barges for the journey to Valdez.

The modules were loaded aboard the barges by the Foss 300, a 75-ton-capacity steam crane which provided the precise positioning necessary to stack the long units two high.

The first oil from Milne Point is expected to be received at the Trans-Alaska Pipeline Marine Terminal in Valdez in early 1986.

Dillingham Maritime maintains a U.S.-flag fleet of some 100 tugs and more than 100 barges, and serves major ocean transportation markets including the U.S. West Coast, Alaska, Hawaii, the Pacific, the Gulf of Mexico and Central and South America.

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