Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding of Sturgeon Bay has completed a major barge conversion project. The shipyard delivered the dry bulk carrier barge "Commander" to Port City Marine Services of Muskegon, Michigan. Detailed designs were done by Bay Engineering of Sturgeon Bay. The work by Fincantieri included installation of new cargo holds and a new cargo unloading system in the 495-foot by72-foot barge. Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding Vice President and General Manager Todd Thayse says the 21-month project was a challenge to the shipyard and its employees.
Port City Marine Services manages and operates various freight ships on the Great Lakes. The company is a repeat customer of the Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding yard.