Barnhart Cane and Rigging takes the straight and narrow path

Jul 23, 2004

(Memphis) Engineers at Barnhart Crane and Rigging were recently provided the challenge of providing lifting solution for Valero Energy. Valero had purchased an 800-ton, 24-feet wide nuclear reactor tank for use at a refining facility in Three Rivers, Texas. Barnhart was initially brought in to conduct budgetary studies on the most cost effective method and location to transfer the vessel.

Bay, Ltd. was awarded the job to transport the tank to Three Rivers by barge on the Mississippi River from Memphis, to Corpus Christi and then by land to Three Rivers. Once at Valero’s facility, the tank would be used to filter sulfur from gasoline and diesel fuel during processing. Bay, Ltd. came to Barhart to load the vessel. This required the engineering and design necessary to successfully move the tank.

"The weight was enormous. We had to figure out how to take an something weighing 800-tons and not point load the barge but also allow for a support piece that was 24-feet wide that would not collapse the barge," stated Scott Wilson, Project Manager, Barnhart Crane and Rigging, Memphis. Barnhart relied on their Ichabod Crane, located on the Mississippi River in Memphis to handle the job. "There are little to no options when lifting a piece that is unavailable for roll-on, roll-off," Wilson continued, "and while intended for loading vessels, Ichabod was able to perform the task delicately."

A two millions pound test lift was performed for safety. The vessel was correctly and safely loaded onto the barge for the trip to Three Rivers.

Barnhart Crane and Rigging, established in 1969, is a leading national supplier of specialized heavy rigging and transportation solutions. The company, with 13 locations across the United States, and a branch office in Sao Paulo, Brazil, also provides crane services, machinery moving and plant relocations, as well as project cargo logistics and heavy equipment storage at its 100-acre, 700,000-square-foot warehouse facility in Memphis, Tenn. Barnhart Crane and Rigging, an ISO 9001 certified supplier, also operated terminal facilities at the Port of Memphis and the deepwater Port of Mobile, AL. For more information, visit

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