- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

ERIE, Pa. (AP) - A 580-foot chemical barge built in Erie and docked at the northwest Pennsylvania city’s Holland Street Pier is almost ready to set sail.

The Erie Times-News (https://bit.ly/2eBjv2V ) reports that the Sea-Chem 1 weighs 5,500 tons and has the capacity to haul 7 million gallons of chemicals or petroleum products. The vessel must still undergo Coast Guard inspections, which include sea trials.

Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair worked on the ship for more than two years before finishing on Oct. 14. Ownership of the Sea-Chem 1 was transferred to Florida-based Seabulk Tankers Inc.

Jake Rouch, a vice president with the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, says the ship is a powerful testament to what can be built in Erie.

Officials expect the vessel to depart from Erie sometime this week.

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Information from: Erie Times-News, https://www.goerie.com

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