The marine sector is a critical industry for delivering goods and facilitating trade between regions. Economies and companies rely heavily on marine fleets, so these operations need to remain efficient and sustainable. At VLS, we provide a range of services to support your fleet and introduce sustainable barge maintenance and repair practices.
We provide support for marine operations in various ways. You can count on our team for ongoing support, from clearing your barges of harmful chemicals to environmental remediation.
Marine fleet repair is essential for keeping your barges efficient and your team safe. However, many marine repairs come with detrimental environmental effects. At VLS, we apply sustainable practices to our repair services — like painting under the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) — to reduce your operation’s environmental impact.
Our services include sandblasting and painting, heavy steel repair, crane services, and preventive maintenance. We also offer United States Coast Guard (USCG) annual inspections and Ship Inspection Report program (SIRE) inspections to ensure your barges are compliant and in excellent shape for the water.
Marine Gas Free services are designed to clean and purge your barges of harmful chemicals to prevent contamination and safety concerns during new trips. The VLS team is permitted to clean non-vapor control cargos, vapor control cargos, and chlorinated solvent cleanings.
This service is available 24 hours and can include steaming, nitrogen purging, liquid propane gas (LPG) flaring, and more. Our team receives in-depth training in this process to ensure the safety of everyone involved while providing comprehensive cleaning.
In the marine industry, industrial services encompass a range of solutions. VLS offers many support services for your barges, including cleaning, transportation, scaffolding solutions, remediation, coatings, and insulation. These services aim to improve your operation’s efficiency and ensure cleaning solutions that are low in environmental impact.
We have three main service areas for marine solutions in the United States.
The VLS Marine division, located in Port Arthur, Texas, offers 24-hour service and plenty of space for a range of marine barge cleaning and repairs. With a 4,500-ton and 3,500-ton capacity marine drydock, tower cranes, and other valuable tools, this division can service up to 12, 30k barges.
Calcasieu Lake is an essential port for the Gulf of Mexico, and our marine services extend to this location with our operation based in Hackberry, Louisiana. This facility operates 24 hours and has the capacity to dock up to five 30k barges. This location can also address Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) cleaning needs on top of USCG inspections, crane service, minor topside repairs, and marine vapor control unit.
We are excited to enter the market on the Mississippi River near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This gives us the opportunity to provide the same outstanding service and capabilities on the Mississippi River.
Sustainability encompasses the environmental, social, and economic impacts of your business activities. The marine industry is a sector that has significant influence over our planet and the people around us. Applying sustainability practices to this industry can pave the way for a healthier future in more than one capacity.
At VLS, we provide the resources your company needs to introduce sustainable practices to your workflow. Our team is highly trained to handle gas free procedures and industrial cleaning in a way that is compliant and safe for our people and the environment. These sustainability practices, paired with our additional services, keep your marine barges efficient and help you make the most of your assets.
VLS Environmental Solutions serves the marine industry with its comprehensive service offerings. We provide sustainability support through our dedication to our employees, integrity, safety, innovation, and our partnerships with clients. VLS is a leader in environmental solutions, and you can trust our team to follow through with our sustainability mission.
To learn more about our marine services, get in touch with the VLS team today.