In late August this year, Serodino Shipyard at Chattanooga, Tenn., delivered one of its popular Tiger Class 1,200 hp Dinner Bucket Switchboats to the Jeffrey Sand Company of Little Rock Arkansas. Named Chis M, the new boat was delivered from the Serodino yard on the Tennessee River up through the Ohio River system to the Mississippi on route to Little Rock. The shipyard now has another of the Tiger Class under construction to be available for order. The following description of the vessel is provided by the shipyard: Tiger Class 1,200 hp Dinner Bucket Switch Boat Hull The 51.5 x 22.5 x 7.5 ft. hull, with 5.5 ft. draft, is constructed of 0.375-in. plate throughout, with 0.5-in. plate over the wheelsand on the bilge knuckles. Transverse framing Seven in. channel on 24-in. centers with 3 x 5 x 0.375-in. frames in the bow. The inside motor mounts are continued fore and aft as solid sheets to divide the hull into three collision compartments, three fuel tanks, engine room, a water tank and six stern compartments. A 165-gallon lube oil tank and a 110-gallon hydraulic tank are built into the hull. Power Stock power is two Cummins M-19, developing a total of 1,200 continuous hp at 1,800 rpm, with Twin-Disc 5222DC reverse and 4.03 to 1 reduction gears turning 4.5-in. shafts and 52 x 40-in. four-blade NiBrAl wheels. Two 40-kW Cummins 4B3.9 light plants furnish auxiliary electric power. Steering
Tennessees Serodino, Inc. recently built one of their popular Tiger class push boats for their own use. The M/V Charger, like others in the class, is 51.5 by 22.5 ft with a 5.5 ft draft. The hull is constructed of 3/8-inch plate with 1/2-inch plate over the propellers and bilge knuckles. Designed in house, the boat is a sister to a number that the company has built over the years. A pair of updated Tier 2 compliant QSK19-M main engines each powers this most recent version of the vessel
Through the auspices of Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, WA, two Dominican Republic based tug and barge operators ordered one newbuild Ulupinar series sister-tug each from Turkish shipyard and tug owners, Sanmar Denizcilik Ltd. of Istanbul. The first of the two tugs will be delivered from the shipyard in November 2007 and the second in January 2009. The ASD type tugs were designed by Robert Allan, Ltd. and are classed RINA C + Hull & Machinery, Unrestricted Navigation
In April, the State of Illinois will take delivery of the new river ferry for crossing the Illinois River between Grafton and Brussels Township in Illinois' Calhoun County. A 120- by 35-ft. barge, capable of carrying 24 cars, a couple of legal-highway-limit tractor trailer rigs or the equivalent, will be moved by a towboat. The 56- by 18-ft. tow boat will be powered by a pair of Cummins 6CTA-8.3M main engines each delivering 250 hp at 1,800 rpm.