GULF VENTURE/GULF CARRIER
Articulated Tug/Barge Unit
Bristol Harbor Group, Inc. was contracted by Conrad Shipyard in Amelia, LA to design an Articulated Tug/Barge unit (ATB) for John W. Stone Oil Distributor. The ATB unit is operated domestically and internationally to support the continually expanding shore bases as well as offshore operations. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) and finite element analysis (FEA) were used extensively during this project. The purpose of the FEA study was to assess the stern scantlings of the barge in way of the INTERCON ladder interface. Similarly, FEA was performed on the tug structure to assess the maximum stress in way of the INTERCON load box. CFD analysis was performed to determine the calm water resistance of the combined unit and optimize the tug forebody and stern rake geometry of the barge.
GULF CARRIER, ATB BargeDimensions: 399’ x 74’ x 30’Total Capacity: 80,000 BBLNumber of Tanks: 10Cargo: Grade “A” Flammable LiquidsBow Thruster: (1) Thrustmaster retractable azimuthing thruster, 750HPMain Generators: Two (2) John Deere 99kWClassification: ABS ✠A1, Unlimited Oceans, Permissively MannedDesigner: Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.Builder: Conrad Shipyard, Amelia, LAOwner: John W. Stone Oil Distributor
GULF VENTURE, ATB TugDimensions: 120’ x 40’ x 18.5’Main Propulsion: Two (2) CAT 3516C EnginesGears: Reintjes WAF-1173 with flexible couplingPropellers: Stainless SteelGenerators: Three (3) John Deere 150kW GeneratorsOutfitted: INTERCON C Series ATB Coupler SystemClassification: ABS A1, AMS, ABCU, Oceans, Towing Vessel Unlimited Service, Certified Under SOLAS/IMO/MARPOLDesigner: Bristol Harbor Group, Inc.Builder: Conrad Shipyard, Amelia, LAOwner: John W. Stone Oil Distributor