Rusted barge damaged during Hurricane Sandy up for sale in Jersey City

Anyone in the market for a gently used barge?

Liquidity Services, of Washington, D.C., is auctioning off the Cenan Fuel Barge, a former mobile gas station once used by the U.S. Navy to carry trucks and cargo. It’s now floating off the coast of Jersey City, near the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property on Chapel Avenue.

The opening bid for the online auction, which starts on Friday at 12:01 a.m., is $25. Sounds like a steal, but the auction details reveal the barge is not exactly what eBay sellers would call “minty” (as in mint condition).

“Damaged in Hurricane Sandy. May have been submerged. Unkn working condition. Rusted.”

The steel barge, which Liquidity Services says is “ready for its next use in the private sector,” was converted into a debris barge 60 years ago. It’s one of a number of similar items out of Jersey City up for auction at, which is having what seems like a blowout sale on rusted barges.

Liquidity Services has since 1999 maintained online auctions so the federal government and private companies can sell unwanted items.

If you happen to be in the market for a barge and want to preview this one before the auction, call Mike Murphy, of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, at 917-790-8021 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 917-790-8021 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Bidding closes on Tuesday, April 15 at 5 p.m. Liquidity Services accepts PayPal.

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