Barge project in Northwest seen hiking plate demand

Jan 17, 2014 | 11:43 AM | Frank Haflich

Tags  steel plate, Greenbrier, Kirby, Gunderson Marine, barge, Evraz, Frank Haflich

LOS ANGELES — Construction of an oceangoing barge in the Pacific Northwest later this year will bolster a sagging marine backlog at Greenbrier Cos. and require a significant amount of steel plate.

Greenbrier said this past week that its Gunderson Marine division in Portland, Ore., has won an order from Kirby Offshore Marine, a unit of Houston-based Kirby Corp., for an articulated oceangoing oil and chemical tank barge. The order includes an option for a second barge.

Lake Oswego, Ore.-based Greenbrier, one of the largest rail car manufacturers in the United States, didn’t disclose the value of the order, but said the Kirby award, along with others being finalized, will bring the company’s marine backlog to about $70 million. ....

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