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Emma Foss and Columbia Boston Back for More

The ocean going tug, Emma Foss, and her empty barge, the Columbia Boston, are back in Brewer, Maine after an eleven day voyage from Texas. The vessels are back in Maine after delivering the second shipment of Cianbro-built refinery expansion modules to the seven billion dollar Motiva refinery upgrade in Port Arthur, Texas. Cianbro crews in Brewer are putting the final touches on five modules that will be loaded aboard the barge for voyage number three. The loading operation is scheduled to begin on July 28. The first two modules of the upcoming shipment are smaller and narrower than the remaining three. Therefore, after loading the smaller modules, crews will use the final two days of the month to reconfigure the specialized heavy haul trailer that carries the modules onto the barge, lengthening and widening the vehicle.  Cianbro plans to load the remaining three modules on August 3-5. Crews will finish sea fastening the cargo on Thursday, August 6. The tug and barge are scheduled to depart Brewer for Texas on Friday, August 7. Project Manager Scott Clements says the tides look favorable for a 9 a.m. cast off from the Brewer bulkhead. Clements points out that voyage number two took eleven days to complete on both the outgoing and homecoming legs. He says he'll be surprised if the vessels can muster a faster voyage than that. "They've been making good time with fair seas and a tail wind," says Clements. "That's about as good as it gets." 

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