Sause Bros. celebrated the launch of its newest barge Columbia in Portland, Ore. Friday with a champagne christening, followed by a Hawaiian themed open house and party at the company’s Portland headquarters.
Construction on the barge began in March 2012 at Gunderson Marine. It will be ready for common carrier service this fall between Sause’s Teevin Terminal on the Columbia River in Rainier, Ore. and Kalaeloa Harbor.
In attendance were Sause President Dale Sause, Sause General Manager of Columbia River Service Jeff Browning, Oregon State Sen. Betsy Johnson, Teevin Bros. President and CEO Shawn Teevin, Gunderson Marine Vice President of Sales and Marketing Chuck Garman, and McCabe Hamilton & Renny Co. President Tim Guard.
With Columbia joining Sause’s other modernized barge Kamakani, the company will be able to provide sailings twice a month with vessels that are larger and more fuel-efficient than previous models. Columbia’s advanced hull design will help lower fuel costs and cut its carbon footprint by 50 percent compared to its predecessor. This offers an economic advantage to the over 500 companies that use Sause to regularly ship products to Hawaii.
"The launch of Columbia is an exciting time for Sause Bros. because we will soon be able to offer even better, economically viable service to our customers in both Hawaii and Oregon," said Browning. "The new barge, along with other ongoing improvements, will benefit the economies of both states by allowing companies in Hawaii to reach farther into Oregon and the northwest mainland."
Sause plans to continue updates to its fleet of barges and tugs by utilizing the latest engine technology fueled by ultra-low sulphur diesel. Tugs are currently being repowered at Southern Oregon Marine, a division of Sause Bros. in Coos Bay, Ore. The company’s goal is to achieve an overall carbon reduction of 80 percent for its Hawaii common carrier service by the end 2014.