Eagle Fabrication LLC, a division of Eagle Marine Industries Inc., Sauget, Ill., recently launched into the Mississippi River at St. Louis a 160-foot, flat deck barge. The barge follows Eagle’s 100th newly constructed barge launched last fall. Both were built for Barge & Boat Rental Service LLC, Burlington, Iowa.
The single-rake, heavy duty barge, which measures 160 by 60 by 10 feet, is equipped with spuds and a crane. It meets ABS certification for full, unrestricted service.
Eagle Fabrication specializes in building various types of quality, competitively priced flat deck barges using thicker-than-usual plating, with trusses placed on five-foot centers instead of the standard 10-foot centers. The yard, co-founded and managed by the late Tim Thomas in 1999, is now under the supervision of his son, Matt, who leads a workforce of 20 fitters, welders and operators.
Caption for photo (click on photo for full version): New 160- by 60- by 10-foot barge was built for Barge & Boat Rental Service LLC.