MEO recently held a keel laying ceremony at their Batam based shipyard, PT Loh & Loh. The barge will be the first of a new series of 400ft heavy deck cargo barges with ballast system. It was designed by 38 Marine & Offshore Pte Ltd, with input from the in-house MEO Engineering Team. Expected delivery is mid 2013.
The 400ft barge is of steel all weld construction with a spoon head bow, flush deck and twin skegs. The main hull is divided by 7 transverse WT bulkheads and 3 longitudinal WT bulkheads into 31 compartments inclusive of a machinery/ballast control room. It has 2 x 280KW generators for electric power operation requirements and 2x 600M3/hr high capacity ballast pumps.
- Length overall: 122.00m (400ft)
- Beam moulded: 36.60m (120Ft)
- Depth moulded: 7.625m (25ft)
- Design draft: 5.80m (19ft)
- DWT about: 18,500 tons
- Design deck load: 25tons/m2