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Originally published Friday, May 3, 2013 at 1:02 PM

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Halter celebrates christening of tug and barge

Officials with VT Halter Marine and Crowley Maritime have held christening ceremonies the tug Liberty and its 600-foot barge, called 750-3.

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. —

Officials with VT Halter Marine and Crowley Maritime have held christening ceremonies the tug Liberty and its 600-foot barge, called 750-3.

The barge is the third in the 750-Class. All three were built by VT Halter. The barge has a capacity of 330,000 barrels of petroleum and are 45,000 deadweight tons.

The Liberty is the third in its class of 16,000 horsepower tugs. All three were built by Dakota Creek Industries in Anacortes, Wash.

They were christened Thursday at a double ceremony at VT Halter's Bayou Casotte shipyard.

Liberty Captain George Sadler says he and his 15-member crew will take control of the vessel May 10.

Crowley Maritime Corp. is part of Crowley Holdings Inc., a privately held, family- and employee-owned company in Jacksonville, Fla.

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