Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding has delivered the newly-converted barge Commander to Port City Marine Services (PCMS) of Muskegon, Mich. The Commander is a 495’ by 72’ freight barge that underwent extensive conversion, including the installation of new cargo holds, trunk deck and bow, and a new cargo unloading system. Combined with its tug, the vessel operates as an articulated tug barge (ATB) unit.
PCMS is experienced in the management, conversion and operation of a variety of vessels including bulk freight ships and ATBs across the Great Lakes in the United States and Canada.
Todd Thayse, Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding vice president and general manager, commented on the complexity of the 21-month project. “This conversion was quite unique and challenging as it utilized the full breadth of our skilled shipbuilders and the trades they represent along with our engineering and program management team,” said Thayse. “It was our pleasure to work closely with local engineering group Bay Engineering (also located in Sturgeon Bay) and the PCMS management group during the planning and construction phases. The entire Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding team appreciates their confidence in our shipyard, and the skilled men and women who make this type of project a reality. It’s always gratifying to do business with a repeat customer, and the Commander is reflective of the quality those customers have come to expect”.