Construction begins on third Navy berthing barge at VT Halter Marine

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VT Halter Marine has started construction on the third auxiliary personnel lighter, a new class of berthing barges commissioned by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command.

VT Halter Marine received a $77.9 million contract to design and build two firm units of the new class of berthing barges in September 2018 with options for another four.

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The Navy will use these berthing barges to house crew members when ships are in port for maintenance and interdeployment training cycles.

Each vessel is equipped with offices, classrooms, washrooms, laundry facilities, medical treatment areas, a barber shop, and a fitness center. The vessels are being fitted with mixed gender berthing spaces for 74 officers and 573 enlisted personnel for a total of 611 people.