Columbia Coastal adds container super-barge

Columbia Coastal adds container super-barge

Columbia Coastal Transport, LLC, the U.S.-flag container feeder barge operator, put its newest container super-barge, the Columbia Boston, into service this month.

The new 912-TEU barge is sister to the Columbia Elizabeth, one of the largest container barges ever built that was put into service four years ago.

The Boston, named for one of 11 ports that the company serves on a regular basis, will transport empties, full container and project cargoes moving between ports on the US Eastern Seaboard.

"This is the second super-barge we've built for the new millennium," said Columbia Coastal President, Bruce Fenimore. "With the government's focus on short-sea shipping, our all-water transportation alternative for cargo and empties moving between ports can help alleviate port and highway congestion moving forward."

Built by VT Halter Marine Inc., of Pascagoula, Miss., the Boston is 343 feet long and 94 feet wide, with a deck specially fitted to carry 20-, 40- and 45-foot ISO containers, including reefers, with a deadweight of 9453 long tons.