Tidewater Equipment Delivers 340-Foot Covered Hopper Barge 'Loveland 340V
Tidewater Equipment Corporation of Norfolk and Chesapeake, Va., recently delivered the covered hopper barge Loveland 3401 to its owner, S. C. Loveland Co., Inc. of Philadelphia.
The 340-foot-long, 70-foot-wide barge (shown above) is 26 feet deep at its sides with a 3-foot 5-inch coaming above deck level. Over 2,000 short tons of steel were used in its construction. The open hopper is covered by eight roll-type structural fiberglass reinforced plastic covers especially built for the barge. These covers weigh over 30 tons each and are unique in that this installation is reported to be the largest of its kind for unrestricted ocean service. The covers were designed and built by Proform, Inc. in their Minneapolis, Minn., plant.
The well deck of the double bottom is heavily reinforced to support extremely heavy concentrated loads. The bow is fabricated in a ship shaped form and the stern is raked.
The barge is designed to haul over 11,400 short tons of cargo at a 19-foot 1-inch draft. Ballasting capabilities were designed into the construction to facilitate certain loading conditions and for movement under low bridges. The vessel is outfitted with a full hydraulic power system which includes a power pack, a 12,000-pound-capacity capstan at the stern, and a 21,500-poundcapacity capstan/windlass at the bow. These units were furnished by New England Trawler Equipment Co. of Chelsea, Mass. Also included in the hydraulic system are jacking stations along the coaming for raising and lowering the covers for rolling. The covers are rolled by two hydraulic powered Beebe winches.
A machine room at the stern houses two GMC 30 kW diesel generators and stowage.
The barge was inspected during construction by the American Bureau of Shipping and the U.S.
Coast Guard and at completion was classed and load lined for unrestricted ocean service with A-l + Classification.
J.J. Henry Co., Inc., naval architects and marine engineers, designed "Loveland 3401" in their Moorestown, N.J., office.
The barge's cargo will vary according to demand, transporting grain, coal, sugar, or paper, maybe airplanes, new or scrap steel, or any other type of dry cargo headed for ports in the U.S., Canada, the Caribbean, or any other destination via the high seas.