On 21 April 2020 Crowley Fuels LLC took delivery today of its new Alaska Class 100,000-barrel, articulated tug-barge (ATB), which will be used to transport multiple clean petroleum products for the Alaska market, from Bollinger Shipyards.

Crowley will operate the 483ft ATB for Alaska-based Petro Star Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) under a long-term charter.

The agreement extends Crowley’s longstanding partnership with ASRC and Petro Star, which dates back four decades to ASRC’s earliest days.

Crowley Shipping’s petroleum services group, the largest operator of independent US petroleum transportation vessels, will operate the ATB on behalf of Crowley Fuels.

The ATB is the first in Crowley’s fleet to be dedicated to the Alaska market. The barge is named Oliver Leavitt, in honour of ASRC’s former chairman and current member of the corporation’s board of directors, with the tug bearing the name Aveogan, Leavitt’s Iñupiat name.

The ATB was constructed at the Bollinger Marine Fabricators facility in Amelia, La., with on-site construction management by Crowley Shipping, which designs, manages the construction of and operates diverse vessel types, including tank vessels.