VT Halter Marine set to hire 150 in Pascagoula

By WLOX Staff

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Shipbuilder VT Halter Marine in Pascagoula plans to hire 150 additional employees soon.

The company has been awarded a second contract from a private company called OSG Ship Management to build a 350,000 barrel articulated tug barge unit (ATB). The work should begin in November 2009, and be finished by the middle of 2010.

Halter Marine is currently working on a similar vessel for the same company. It should be finished by the end of this year.

Measuring 199.65 meters by 32 meters, these ATBs will be the largest ever built by VT Halter Marine. They'll be used to perform lightering services and will be equipped with specialized equipment to meet stringent vapor balancing regulations in the Delaware Bay, where the vessels will trade.

"We selected VT Halter Marine due to their experience in constructing similar types of ships and the Company's high quality of operations, which extends to the quality of vessels they have built, the skills and experience of the shipyard workers and management's commitment to working with us on this high profile project," said Capt. Robert Johnston, Senior Vice President for OSG Ship Management. "OSG is proud to count VT Halter Marine as a partner in our ATB completion program."

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