Nashville Bridge Delivers Two Integrated Tows To Coastal
Nashville Bridge Company (NABRICO) recently delivered two integrated, threebarge double-skin petroleum tows to Coastal Towing Inc., Texas, of Houston. Each of the tows consists of a 297-foot 6-inch by 54-foot by 12-foot lead rake barge, a 290-foot by 54-foot by 12-foot mid-box barge, and a 282- foot 9-inch by 54-foot by 12-foot trail barge. Total capacity for each three-barge tow is approximately 96,000 barrels or 4,032,000 gallons.
Each of the six barges is equipped with a heating system for in-transit heating of heavy petroleum products to permit faster pump-off time, eliminating lengthy delays at terminal facilities. Heating of the cargo is accomplished by hot oil circulated through coiling in the cargo tanks. The system is designed for a ratio of approximately four barrels of product for every square foot of heating surface.
Since 1978, NABRICO has built a total of 11 barges for Coastal Towing, Inc., Texas. NABRICO is a wholly owned subsidiary of The American Ship Building Company, Tampa, Fla. Headquartered in Nashville, the company has been in the marine field for more than 60 years and is primarily concerned with the design, engineering, and construction of grain and coal barges, deckbarges, liquid tank barges, cement barges, and drydocks. NABRICO is a major supplier to the entire marine industry of marine deck hardware. The company, which has plants in Nashville and Ashland City, Tenn., pioneered in the design and building of much of the modern equipment used on rivers today.