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Sale of Two Inland River Pushboats

Marcon International Inc. of Coupeville, Wash. announced the sale of two sister inland river pushboats Captain Jimmy and Captain from Hanover Towing Inc. of Wilmington, NC to McBride River Services LLC of Kentucky on private terms. The 900 bhp pushboats were originally built by Jeffboat Inc at Jeffersonville, Ind., in 1965,and were commissioned by Gulf Atlantic Towing Corporation. The pair were sold to Allied Towing in 1972 and Hanover purchased them in 1975. The 58.3 ft. registered length vessels are powered by twin Cummins KT1150M diesels driving two 60 x 50-in. 4-blade stainless steel blades. Immediately after closing the sale, both pushboats were mobilized from North Carolina to the Mid West region to commence a charter. Marcon acted as sole broker in the transaction.


New Bridge Unveiled for US Pushboats

Image: Alphatron Marine Group

New pushboat bridge unveiled for USA Inland Shipping Expo JRC and Alphatron Marine will introduce a new pushboat bridge concept dedicated for the American river and inland waterways.   Harnessing 25 years of European inland waterways experience, the companies say a balance is struck between the latest technological advancements and the unique operating requirements for some of the world’s largest rivers.  


New Business for Marine Inland Fabricators

Marine Inland Fabricators, Panama City, Fla., has a full yard of new business. The company recently built the fourth Clydesdale pushboat for Smith Brothers, Inc., two of which were sold before they were even completed. Additionally, seven sectional barges were shipped to Vallejo, Calif., for set construction of a Batman and Robin water show. Four more sectionals are being built for a 100 x 24 ft. floating dock at the American Yacht Club, in Rye, N.Y.


LaForce to Construct Pushboat

Industry veteran towboater Autry Dufrene of Belle Chasse, La. has contracted the Bayou La Batre, Ala. LaForce Shipyard. Measuring 74 x 28 ft., the 1,600 hp pushboat houses "a semi-camber" design from keel to the chine on the underside of the aft hull. Scheduled for delivery sometime during February, the vessel's power will be provided by a pair of Cummins 12-cylinder KTA38 MO engines developing 800 hp each. The engines will be linked to Twin Disc MG-5301 gears with a 6


Wärtsilä enters Paraguayan Inland Market

Signing ceremony between Wärtsilä and Shipyard SA. Sitting from right to left: Guillermo Ehreke, GM and owner of Naviera Yeruti and Shipyard SA; Piotr Kabacinski, GM Sales, Americas, Wärtsilä Ship Power. Standing from right to left: Eduardo Masciottra, Warag SRL, Wärtsilä agent, Buenos Aires; Jorge de la Guardia, GM and owner of Naviera Yeruti and Shipyard SA; Joe Amyot, Area Sales Director, Wärtsilä Ship Power.

A new pushboat used to push barges convoys along the Paraguay River will be powered by a Wärtsilä integrated propulsion solution.   The vessel is being built at the "Astillero la Barca del Pescador" (Shipyard SA) yard in Paraguay on behalf of Naviera Yeruti, a Paraguayan company with extensive barge construction and vessel operating interests. This vessel will be the company's first pushboat and it is scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2015.  


One More in Series for Waxler

The Helen Merrill southbound on her maiden voyage on the Ohio River at Metropolis Ill. a few miles below Paducah, Ky. with the I-24 highway bridge. (Photos courtesy Jeff L. Yates courtesy of Cummins Marine)

Waxler Transportation Co. has taken delivery of the final towboat in a series of five 99 by 35-ft, 3200 hp pushboats. The latest sister, the M/V Helen Merrill, made her maiden voyage for Secors inland transport subsidiary in mid-January 2010.   Each of the vessels has a pair of Cummins KTA50 M2 diesels individually rated for 1600 HP linked to Haley HRV Series gears providing main engine power. Electrical requirements are met by a pair of 99 kW Cummins Onan generator sets.


TOWBOAT TECH: Tougher, Kinder and more Hospitable

By Larry Pearson The design challenge for towboats in the new Millennium is they are being called upon to do tougher jobs on the water but at the same time have be more environmentally friendly to the water on which they sail. Also, many of today's towboats are light years ahead of their predecessors of just a few years ago in crew amenities and berthing spaces. Government Driven High Tech "Much of the new technology we are seeing on towboats is because of new IMO, EPA


HB Centaurus delivered to Hidrovias do Brasil

HB Centaurus is the latest addition to the RApide 4617-Z3 Class of shallow draft pushboat designs by Robert Allan Ltd.

HB Centaurus is the latest addition to the RApide 4600-Z3 Class of shallow draft pushboat designs by Robert Allan Ltd., delivered to its owner: Hidrovias do Brasil in February, 2015. Constructed at Uzmar Shipyard, in Turkey, the HB Centaurus will operate in the Rio Paraguay and Rio Paraná river systems of South America.     HB Centaurus in the eighth and final RApide 4600-Z3 Class vessel for this Owner


Foran Employed in Production Design of Pushboat

FORAN FViewer

FORAN has been used by the naval architecture firm ROBERT ALLAN LTD. in the review of the production design of 6000 HP Shallow Draft Pushboat, to be built in Erin Shipyard in Manaus, Brazil.   ROBERT ALLAN Ltd., a Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering Company based in Vancouver, Canada signed a contract with SENER Ingeniería y Sistemas S.A. (SENER) for the use of FORAN FVIEWER during this project.


Fitting a pair of Cummins QSK38

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The single most expensive component of a new boat is the engines and installation is one of the most crucial days in the build process. It takes several months to build a typical inland river pushboat but lifting the engines into the hull is a short intense job. Joey Portier at Intacoastal Iron Works in Bourg Louisiana has done the job countless times and was very familiar with the dimensions of the Cummins Tier 2 mechanical KTA38 engine


Europe Cargo Handles 9 Tugs

Europe Cargo, the Belgian member of the FPS Group of independent forwarders and NVOCCs, has undertaken the port agency and stevedoring for nine Damen Stan tug boats, being shipped from Shanghai to Gorinchem, Netherlands.   The brand new vessels – five Type 1606


Test Ride: Furuno's New 15X8 Series Radar

Bruce M. (Courtesy SDS Lumber Company)

Taking the Furuno 15X8 series radar out for a spin; Furuno’s newest entry has found a welcome place on inland waters.   Furuno’s newest radar is now on the market. The first workboat installation of the company’s FAR-15X8 series was completed in late February and


Insights: Benny Cenac, Jr., Owner & CEO, Cenac Towing Company

Arlen “Benny” Cenac, Jr.

Arlen “Benny” Cenac Jr. is a third-generation owner of Cenac Towing Company. The firm, originally founded in 1927 by his grandfather, now does business as Cenac Marine Services. Benny has led the company since 1981 through several industry downturns by focusing on customer service


Driving the Inland Waterways

Eastern Thunderbolt  Towboat Proposal Profile

Propulsion evolves, improves and powers forward in the inland markets. And, Z-Drive propulsion is the future. In a white paper released late in 2014 by The Shearer Group, Ed Shearer and Greg Beers outlined The Next Generation of inland vessels


Towboat Honors Structural Engineer Dobson

At the commissioning, left to right: Jason Adams, Owner Raymond Louviere Field Foreman; Donald Baudoin, shipyard superintendent; Rex Dobson, shipyard structural superintendent; and Bart Foret, Field Foreman

Joe Gregory, owner of New Generation Shipbulding of Houma, La., reports that his firm’s latest delivery will join the La Porte Texas-based Martin Marine fleet of 29 inland push boats and 54 inland marine tank barges. Martin also operates four offshore tug/barge units


New Towboat Honors Structural Engineer

Rex Dobson breaking the traditional bottle over his namesake (Photo: New Generation Shipbuilding)

Joe Gregory, owner of New Generation Shipbulding of Houma, La., reports that his firm’s latest delivery will join the La Porte Texas-based Martin Marine fleet of 29 inland push boats and 54 inland marine tank barges. Martin also operates four offshore tug/barge units.  


Tug-Barge Design Optimized for South America

Some veteran Mississippi pushboats and barges have been transported to South America for second careers. However, conditions on a great river like the Paraguay-Paraná are different. It has sharp bends, shallow stretches, and includesremote reachestotally lacking in infrastructure


YANMAR's New EPA Compliant Commercial Engine

The YANMAR EPA compliant, fully mechanical workboat engine.

Installed and on the water, Yanmar’s 6AYA-ET engines are already providing value on the U.S. Gulf Coast. This fully mechanical engine is anything but low-tech.  More than 60 years of worldwide experience plus an engine designed specifically for the United States market has made a


Marine News Insights: Engine Room Challenges

President,   Alternative Marine Technologies, Inc.

Those MarineNews readers who are not familiar with Bob Kunkel, probably should be. That’s because Kunkel, President of Alternative Marine Technologies, previously served as the Federal Chairman of the Short Sea Shipping Cooperative Program under the Maritime Administration and Department of


Push Boats: From Turkey to Brazil

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The shallow draft market in South America continues to strengthen, powered by orders such as Hidrovias do Brasil S.A. 2013 deal for eight HB Pushboat ASUNCION-PYs, which represents a new generation of powerful Shallow Draft River Push Boat designed specifically for South America inland waterways


Powering Ahead with a Clean Design

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The Shearer Group and Conrad Shipyard collaborate on an ABS approved LNG Towboat Design. What happens next could change inland shipping forever. The December announcement that Conrad Shipyard, L.L.C. and The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) had worked together to develop the design of a Liquefied


‘Securing’ the Inland Markets with Innovative Standardization

(All images courtesy of Patterson Manufacturing)

Patterson Manufacturing follows its substantial success in the barge winch markets with an equally impressive boat-to-barge coupling system.  In 2008, Pittsburgh-based Patterson Manufacturing Company developed the YoYo Barge Winch, a revolutionary design that reflected a total re-thinking


Z-Drive Towboats

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ZF Marine penetrates domestic inland waterway markets – enjoying good success with two U.S. majors. The prospects for an even brighter future hinge on the performance of its early entries. So far, so good.   It’s no secret that the domestic


300th Tug Brokered by Marcon Int'l

Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Washington reported the sale of the U.S. flag, twin screw tug “Pacific Patriot” (ex-Pacific King) from Kirby Marine Offshore to U.S. West Coast buyers on private terms.   This was the 300th tug brokered by Marcon and 1


The No-Emissions Workboat (Really!)

There’s no debate about LNG in New York. ELCO, New York State Canals team up to retrofit 86-year old tugboat with an electric motor.  In June, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of an all-electric dredge tender work boat on the Erie Canal in the Utica area of New York. The project, a partnership with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), utilized an electric motor supplied and installed by Elco

There’s no debate about LNG in New York. ELCO, New York State Canals team up to retrofit 86-year old tugboat with an electric motor. In June, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the launch of an all-electric dredge tender work boat on the Erie Canal in the Utica area of New York






 
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