Gunderson Marine is a deep-water facility located in Portland, Oregon specializing in new construction projects for all types of river and ocean-going barges. We also do perform various topside maintenance and repair projects. We are a proven supplier to the West coast and Gulf coast markets. Our customer’s barges are used for a variety of services worldwide — allowing them to capitalize on the fuel efficiency and cost effectiveness of the marine transportation system. Our manufacturing capabilities leverage the latest engineering software, training programs, and production techniques with a strong focus on safety. The result is proven innovation to deliver the highest quality vessels, on time and on budget.
Our team includes industry experts who take great pride in their work: veterans who are dedicated to transforming our customers’ visions into efficient marine vessels that exceed their expectations. Our facility is equipped with the West Coast’s longest side-launch ways, in-house burning and etching capability with state of the art high definition plasma burning tables, CNC controlled profile cutting machine, a covered indoor panel line for efficient production of maximum tonnage, (two) 200-ton whirly cranes to optimize modular construction, and a 1,200-foot, fully-equipped outfitting dock.
Deck Cargo Barges
Deceptive in their simplicity, our deck cargo barges are built to meet a variety of cargo needs and specialized operating environments. From heavy break bulk equipment, containers, vehicles or railcars, these barges are extremely versatile. We have constructed heavy lift barges up to 120 feet wide and up to 6,000 lb/sq ft uniform deck loading; we can go even wider to capitalize on the new greater Panama Canal width. Our innovative construction techniques have been proven to save the operators lightship weight and increase their cargo carrying capacity.
Dump scows are unique and very important vessels that carry shipments such as sand, soil, waste, and dredged material. The differentiating design feature of a dump scow is the ability to release contents through the underside of the barge by hinging the barge open to dump the cargo. Gunderson Marine is the recognized industry leader in the construction of these vessels. We have proven construction methods to ensure that the large hinges are perfectly aligned and that the integrity of the seal formed by the two watertight hulls is maintained.
Tank barges are used to transport a variety of bulk liquids. Our double hull tank barge designs are built for optimum quality and safety. We bring a significant amount of experience to the quality design and construction of double hull tank barges at our historic Gunderson facility in Portland, OR, where each barge is tailored to a specific commodity.
Articulated Tug and Barge Units (ATB's)
Gunderson Marine is a premier builder of articulated tug and barges (ATB’s). Articulated barges are an attractive alternative to towed barges and self-propelled tankers due to their improved reliability, lower capital and operating costs, and increased operating efficiency. We have experience constructing several different ATB connection systems and utilize specialized welding sequence methods to ensure that the barge ladder is perfectly aligned to accept the pins from the tug.
Gunderson Marine offers a variety of hopper barges at our historic marine manufacturing facility in Portland, Oregon. Hopper barges are used in the transportation of bulk commodities such as coal, limestone, grain, sugar, and other aggregates.
Rail Car Barges
We offer top quality rail barges that draw on our storied experience in both the marine and rail industries. These barges have rail tracks on deck and carry trains to destinations where they would otherwise have difficulty reaching.
Inland River Barges
In addition to our extensive ocean barge offerings, we also build a variety of inland barges for river transportation. Our historic Gunderson plant in Portland, OR, is located on the Willamette River which connects directly to the Columbia River, a key waterborne transportation route for the Pacific Northwest.
Boat Building / Repair