Morrison Knudson Corp.'s 420-foot barge, Betty-L., is on its way from San Francisco to Valdez, Alaska, to become a floating base camp for 350 workers scrubbing oil from the beaches of Prince William Sound.
Exxon Corp. chartered the Betty-L. for 130 days to provide cleanup crews a place to live while working on remote beaches where there is no other housing. The barge, larger than a football field, will be moved occasionally as the cleanup of more than 800 miles of beaches progresses, said MK spokesman Jess Hawley.The workers will have a 20-day wait as the barge is pulled northward. Plans call for the Betty-L. to be converted to a water-borne dormitory after it reaches Valdez. It will include on-deck sleeping modules, a dining room and recreation areas.