MADELAINE-D 2502 Delivered

BELLAIRE, TEXAS – October 30th, 2013 – Argosy Barge Lines, LLC of Bellaire, Texas, accepted the MADELAINE-D 2502 as the newest addition to their fleet in March 2013. This ABS Classed deck barge was built by Sterling Shipyard of Port Neches, Texas, The barge was designed by Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. (BHGI) of Bristol, Rhode Island, and construction of the vessel was overseen by BHGI’s sister company, The Shearer Group, Inc., of Houston, Texas.

MADELAINE-D 2502, named after Mrs. Madelaine D. Griswold, an officer and owner of the company, is a 250 ft x 54 ft x 12 ft load line deck barge with an allowable deck load of 2,500 lbs/ft2. For the past seven successful months, MADELAINE –D 2502 has been primarily utilized for the movement of over-dimensional cargo, Argosy’s specialty.

Rider Griswold, Argosy’s President, notes “that this new barge increases our capacity and will allow Argosy to continue to provide exceptional service to our clients, even as the load line deck barge market tightens with an improving economy.” Argosy focuses on turn-key solutions for its clients’ over-dimensional cargo requirements, and having the right platform for these solutions is half the battle. MADELAINE-D 2502 is the right platform at the right time.

BHGI and its sister company, The Shearer Group, Inc. (Houston, TX), provide naval architecture, marine engineering, marine surveying, professional engineering, and construction oversight services to both the offshore and inland sectors of the marine industry. BHGI’s recent work includes small passenger vessels, oil and deck barges, tugboats, patrol vessels, and dredges.  BHGI is located at 99 Poppasquash Road, Unit H, Bristol, RI 02809.  For further information on this or other designs available from BHGI, visit their website:

Argosy Barge Lines, LLC specializes in moving over-dimensional cargo through the U.S. River Systems, Intracoastal Waterways, and offshore both domestic and international.  From turn-key projects to barge rentals, Argosy understands that every project is unique.  Argosy is dedicated to providing first-class customer service while creating the most competitive, cost-effective, and customized marine logistics solutions to deliver cargo. Visit their website for more information:


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