New Moran Tug/Barge Combo Christened at Bay Ship

Last week Friday, Bay Shipbuilding’s newest tug and barge combination built for Moran Towing Company was christened at the shipyard. The 468-foot barge is named Louisiana, and the 121-foot tug was christened as Barbara Carol Ann Moran. This past winter, I was able to shoot the Louisiana berthed for the winter at the CenterPointe Yacht Services dock in between the Michigan and Oregon Street bridges.

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The barge, like her sisters Texas and Mississippi, will see service on the U.S. East and Gulf coasts hauling various oil and petroleum products.

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Here’s a stern view of the new barge. Note the high notch on the barge’s stern.

Barbara Carol Ann Moran christening

I was unable to get any photos of the tug back in March because it was packed in by other vessels. This photo was taken Friday from the barge Louisiana of the christening ceremony. Note the John G. Munson and Lee A. Tregurtha in the background. The former is having her steam engine replaced with a modern diesel one, while the latter is having new exhaust gas scrubbers installed. (Photo courtesy of the Green Bay Press Gazette)


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