Company barge was recently chartered to move a crane from Virginia to the Dominican Republic.
Columbia Coastal Transport LLC, Portsmouth, Va., a division of the Columbia Group headquartered in Liberty Corner, N.J., was recently contacted to help transport a crane from Portsmouth Marine Terminals, Portsmouth, Va., to a port in the Dominican Republic.
A port in the Dominican Republic had purchased the crane from Portsmouth and needed to transport it to the Dominican Republic in May. Todd Wilder, Columbia Coastal Transport Port Captain, says the company was approached about chartering one of its barges for the move. Columbia Coastal Transport typically loads containers in Portsmouth, tows them up the Chesapeake Bay and discharges them in Sea Girt, N.J., or Dundalk, Md., according to Wilder.
Wilder says, “It is something that could be done often, but this is one the first projects in our 17 year history of use chartering out a barge and another company loading a crane on it.”
Columbia Coastal Transport is a containerized barge feeder operator in the United States. The company says it offers marine and logistics consulting for all projects involving heavy-lift, breakbulk or oversized equipment transport. In Port of Newark, the company manages more than 100 acres of property, and in Boston, a 12-acre site less than one mile from the port. The Columbia Group is operates four U.S.-flag barges engaged in services in the Mid-Atlantic and Chesapeake regions. The group also includes Columbia Intermodal, which operates a full service neutral chassis pool terminal for the Port of Boston, and also provides empty container trucking in and around the Port of New York/New Jersey.