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Christenings & Deliveries: Black Hawk Fleet Embarks on Repower Program

Blackhawk Fleet, Inc. operates towboats and barges along the Mississippi River out of Davenport Iowa. The city, on the Mississippi River 300-miles up river from St. Louis, has long been a maritime center. When 84-year old Capt. David Tipton died at the wheel of his snag-pulling steamboat in 1904 he was buried here. To honor the Mark Twain contemporary, his crew hauled an anchor from the river to mark his grave site. His vessel, the Col. A. Mackenzie was renamed the David Tipton. Tipton's death was declared the end of an era, but it hardly marked the end of riverboat work around Davenport. Today,Blackhawk's eight boats and 35 barges have a variety of capabilities including crane, deck and sand barges. General Manager Vaughn McDaniel explains that the company aims for maximum versatility with seven of the eight boats, all built in Houston Texas, as virtually identical. To this end, Blackhawk has been carrying out a repower program since 1995 to standardize on Cummins engines. Each winter since 1995, they have installed a pair of 500 hp KTA19 engines in one of their 60 by 22-ft. vessels. This winter, they are installing the new engines in their push boat Lauren. As with the two most recent vessels the Cummins engines in the "Lauren" turn 62 x 46-in. propellers through Tonanco model TM939 5.9:1 gears supplied by Lake Charles Diesel. "It is three years since we put in the first Tonanco gears and they haven't given us any trouble," explained McDaniel

Cummins Appoints Schertz As Sales Manager

Cummins Marine has elected Leo Schertz as North American commercial sales manager. A 12-year veteran of Cummins Engine Co., Schertz previously held assignments in engineering, customer quality and customer engineering at the company's headquarters in Columbus, Ind. and regional office in Singapore. He will be responsible for supporting the North American commercial markets including workboats, fishing vessels, transportation and oil field support.

Seacraft Delivers Laurie Tide on Schedule

In addition to delivering Laurie Tide on schedule, Seacraft Shipyard also surpassed all contractual vessel performance requirements. Christened by her namesake, Mrs. Laurie Kirzner, the vessel holds a top speed of 30 knots, a normal operating speed of 28.5 knots and a contract loaded speed of 27.5 knots; Laurie Tide is the fastest 115 ft. class, propeller driven mono hull, oilfield crew boat ever built, says the company.

Catherwood Towing's New Imp


Catherwood Towing operates a fleet of tugs on the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada. Owner Ernie Catherwood has built the fleet over the years and has recently been repowering with Cummins engines. In the spring of 2009 Ernie Catherwood took delivery of his first new-build with Cummins KTA19 main engines from Sylte Shipyard Ltd. The Sea Imp IX is 53.6 ft overall with a hefty 22 ft beam and a 9.75 ft draft. As were several of the boats already in the fleet

Cummins Announces EPA Tier 3 Marine Solutions

Cummins Inc., a leading manufacturer of diesel engines for the commercial marine industry, is pleased to announce its U.S. EPA Tier 3 marine product solutions. Improving on the existing EPA Tier 2-certified product line, the company is developing a full range of Tier 3 products from 6.7 to 60 liters and 150 to 2700 HP. Cummins Tier 3 solutions apply advanced combustion technology to reduce emissions in-cylinder without the need for aftertreatment

Sarawak Slipways Builds in Aluminum

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Sarawak Slipways have recently launched an aluminum crew boat. Built to a design by Singapore-based Naval Consult Pte. Ltd., the 38 by 7.85-meter vessel has a molded draught of 1.75 meters. With seating for 50 personnel and accommodation for a crew of eight, the vessel is powered by three Cummins engines turning fixed-pitch propellers. The port and starboard engines are Cummins KTA38M2 models delivering 1350 HP at 1900 RPM to five-blade propellers with 1050-centimeter diameters

Cummins Power for Graham Gulf

It takes about ten and a half months to complete a 155-ft. supply boat at C&G Boatworks in Bayou LaBatre. So the boat that Janson Graham of Graham Gulf, had started this past July, should deliver some time next April or May. Sea trials for the new vessel will attract some attention, since it is a sister to boats delivered this past spring, but it will have different power. The earlier boats were powered by four 1575 HP engines for a total of 6300 HP

Cummins New QSK60 Tier 2 Engine


Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) has upgraded the QSK60 marine engine for propulsion and auxiliary applications to meet U.S. EPA Tier 2 and European Union Stage IIIA emissions regulations. With propulsion ratings from 1492 - 1864 kW (2100 - 2500 bhp) and auxiliary ratings from 1563 - 1900 kW (2095 - 2547 bhp), the QSK60 Tier 2 is ideally suited for high-hour demanding applications such as offshore support, towing, cargo and passenger transport, as well as ship’s service power.

Diesel Engine Manufacturers in Korea Joint Venture

Hyundai Heavy Industries & Cummins announce a J/V to build mid-range engines in Korea. The engines will extend from 150 hp to 300 hp (112-224 kW) output for application in a wide range of Hyundai construction and industrial equipment. The launch of the Hyundai Cummins Engine Company (HCEC) joint venture took place in Ulsan, Korea, with a ceremonial co-signing of the agreement by Byeong-Ku Choe, Chief Operating Officer and President – Hyundai Construction Equipment Division

Konrad, Cummins Propulsion Package Partnership

The complete package from Konrad and Cummins incorporates Konrad drives and Cummins engines.

Sterndrive specialist Konrad Marine formally entered a partnership with diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Marine to jointly offer a complete propulsion package to the commercial, military and recreational maritime markets, a partnershipo announced October 9 at the Workboat Show in New Orleans. The package combines Cummins’ new QSB 6.7L diesel engines (230-425 hp)and Konrad Series 600 sterndrives to present a full propulsion offering, ultimately providing customers with a simplified

Miss Berdie Gets a Makeover

The new Miss Berdie maintains her graceful lines.

 When she came into the Fred Wahl shipyard in Reedsport, Oregon, the Miss Berdie was a fine looking boat with a bright red hull. When she left the yard this summer she was still a fine looking red vessel but bigger and better. After taking the 77 by 27.8 by 11

MN 100: Cummins Marine, Inc.

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The Company: Global power leader Cummins, Inc. is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems

Cummins Darlington: 50 Years of Engine Production

Assembling a Vee engine (Photo: Cummins Darlington)

UK-based Cummins Darlington is celebrating its 50th anniversary during 2015. Since opening, around 1.5 million engines have been built in the factory for customers worldwide, providing power for vessels as well as land vehicles.   Work began in 1963 on the £8

Seacor's New Class of Fast Support Vessel Delivered

Image: Seacor/Incat Crowther

The delivery of Alya McCall is significant in that it is the first vessel in a fleet of new class monohull Fast Support Vessels (FSV) for SEACOR Marine. Alya McCall is the first vessel in the SEACOR Express Plus class and features striking lines not ordinarily found in traditional monohull

Keeping to the Schedule in the Pacific Northwest

Photo courtesy of Cummins and Hansen Shipyard

When a tightly scheduled repower for the Kodiak-based trawler Sea Mac in early December took a very bad turn, Mike Fourtner used his 25 years of fishing experience and leadership to pull together a team at Cummins Northwest to solve the problem

Cummins Revenue up 11 pct

Image (file photo courtesy Cummins): the high speed Cummins QSK95 engine.

Cummins Inc, a maker of diesel engines, reported an 11 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by strong demand from North America. Sales rose to $5.09 billion in the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, from $4.59 billion a year earlier. Net income attributable to Cummins rose to $444 million

New Electronic Cummins After 45,000 Hours

The OliMar at the Basel container port. (Photo courtesy of Cummins Marine)

The hours that a Cummins Marine engine can run between rebuilds will vary depending on operating conditions. However it is not unusual for operators to report 45,000 hours of operation. Such was the case for the owners of the Belgian-registered, 110x12-meter inland waterways vessel OliMar.

Cummins Marine Organization Launched

Jim Schacht (Photo: Cummins)

Cummins Inc. has created a dedicated Cummins Marine organization within the existing Engine Operating Segment. By consolidating its commercial and recreational teams, the Cummins Marine organization will be better positioned to serve the business and its recreational

Eastern Debuts ‘Thunderbolt’ Towboat

THUNDERBOLT combines Twin Electric V-Pod Propulsion and Diesel-Electric Technology offering it to the US Inland Waterway’s Market

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. introduced its new 120-foot, 4,200-horsepower Inland Towboat design, THUNDERBOLT, combining twin electric V-Pod propulsion and diesel-electric technology for what the builder calls its “vision of the future for the U.S. inland waterways.”  

Hyster Delivers First Tier 4 Final Container Handlers to Port of Los Angeles

  Photo courtesy of Hyster Company

Hyster Company has delivered its first container handlers with Tier 4 Final engines to a terminal at the port of Los Angeles. The three Hyster H1050HD-CH trucks are ideally suited for ports and terminals, providing outstanding lifting capacity and superior performance.

New Trawler for Argentine Family

Photo courtesy of Alan Haig-Brown

With 4,989 kilometers of Atlantic coastline, Argentina looks to commercial fishing as an important contributor to the Argentinian economy. The promotion of the maritime resources is dependent on quality boats capable of delivering quality product.   

Cummins: New Environmental Sustainability Goals

Cummins Inc. announced two new environmental sustainability goals for its products in-use and the logistics of the company's managed freight.   These new goals are part of a broader effort for Cummins to reduce its environmental footprint, the company said

US Navy Opts for 5 More RIBs from Willard

Photo: Willard Marine

The U.S. Navy exercised an option on its contract with Willard Marine, Inc. requesting five more 11-meter rigid inflatable boats (RIBs) in addition to the 10 that the Navy had previously ordered in 2014.   Willard Marine will provide three 11-meter Open Center Console (OCC) boats that will

Draft Reef-net Tender: A Unique Vessel for a Unique Fishery

The Gelactic Ice alongside in La Conner, Washington

“We use 10,000 pound anchors on the nets,” said Keith Carpenter as he explained the complexities of this traditional salmon fishery. Carpenter is the president of Lummi Island Wild, the organization that manages and markets the catch from several reef nets

New 43m DSVs Designed by Incat Crowther

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A pair of 43m Monohull Dive Support Vessels has been designed by Incat Crowther, with input from the builder and operator, to meet RINA class requirements for special service, diving and dynamic positioning.   The vessels are currently under construction at Arpoadar Engenharia, in Guaruja

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