Malin Augustea: Coming together to deliver the CD01

the CD01 will be one of the largest barges in Europe, with capacity to submerge and load vessels and cargo with draughts of up to 12m and 137m in length.  

Malin Abram, heavy lift specialists and part of the Malin Group, are delighted to have created a new partnership with Augustea, to jumboize one of their barges at the Hat-Sen shipyard in Turkey. Now complete, the 137m barge is now en route, to return to the Clyde later this year. This will offer a domestic capability not seen in Scotland for decades. 


The barge will initially be used for the launch of the Royal Navy’s new Type 26 vessels, under a contract with BAE Systems, and will also be available to charter for other marine engineering projects.

The barge is a joint venture between the Malin Abram and Augustea and, now modified, represents one of the largest in Europe – it can submerge to load vessels and cargo with draughts of up to 12m and over 137m in length.

It will be based on the Clyde between projects and brings exciting new capability to the area. Due to its highly versatile design, it can be used for both deep sea transport of large vessels and cargo, but also offers exciting new docking capabilities to the local area. It is expected this new service will catalyse further opportunities for the wider supply chain and put the West Coast of Scotland on the map as a place of business for major marine engineering projects.


With a length of 137 metres and deck area of 4,200 square meters, the barge brings an enviable resource to the banks of the River Clyde.

  • Length Overall: 137.0m
  • Beam: 36.6m
  • Depth: 7.6m
  • Max draught: 5.8m
  • Dwt on max draught: 21,806 tonnes
  • Deck area: 4,200m2
  • Frame spacing: 2,500mm
  • Deck loading: 20 tonnes per sq meter
  • Point loads: Up to 750 tonnes

You can find out the full technical specifications in our downloadable brochure or get in touch with one of our dedicated team to find out more!

Who are Malin Abram?

Formed in 1899, Malin Abram are experts in heavylift and marine transport, supporting clients in the defence, renewables, oil and gas and infrastructure markets across the globe with heavy lift project cargo shipping and handling. 


Heavylift to us is more than the operational side of supplying cranes, ships, barges and heavy haulage. As well as our project management and chartering expertise, we offer design and fabrication of specialist lifting beams, complex cradles and handling jigs, as well as the design and manufacture of bespoke handling and manipulation toolsets for manufacturing and maintenance applications.

Who are augustea?

Established in 1955 by Salvatore Cafiero in Naples, Italy, the Augustea Group is a provider of sea transportation services, which mainly operates in the following business segments:

  • dry bulk shipping;
  • deep sea towing services;
  • transportation with oceanic barges.


Under the control of the Cafiero-Zagari families, over the decades Augustea Group has grown to become a leading and reputable player in the shipping industry, with offices/operating branches in Naples and Augusta (Italy), London, Singapore, Malta, Buenos Aires, Philippines and Colombia.


Augustea employs more than 150 onshore people and more than 530 crewmembers.