Seen on the River: M/V Sea Ox and M/V Miss Pamela
Posted on Mar 23rd, 2019
A pair of towboats, the M/V Sea Ox and the M/V Miss Pamela were seen on the river, Sat Mar 23. They had the tricky job of pushing a barge carrying a colossal piece of refinery equipment upriver to the Phillips 66 terminal. The equipment will be used in the expansion of the company’s Sweeny plant in Old Ocean.
The equipment on its side is a pressure vessel. The “skirt” at the far end with all the bolt holes tells you it will stand vertically, usually making it a reactor or fractionation tower. Reactors usually have a large manway on top for loading catalyst and entry to clean out so that makes it a fractionation tower, or just fractionator.
Using their "knees", which are the large plates mounted to the bow, the M/V Sea Ox on the left and M/V Miss Pamela on the right, push the massive cargo upriver. Photos Tom Folger / folgerstudios.com