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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 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


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


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.


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.  


Hope Services’ 72-ft. Pushboats are a Higman Standard

Hope Services of Dulac, La., have built two more of their popular 72 x 30-ft. pushboats. These two, the eighteenth and nineteenth to the design, are for Higman Towing of Houston, Texas. The first was delivered last May and the second is currently undergoing sea trials for an early August delivery. Each boat is powered by a pair of 12-cylinder Cummins KTA38 M0 engines rated for 850 hp at 1,800 rpm. The engines turn into Twin Disc 540 gears with 6.14:1 reduction. The 73 x 58-in


Moran To Launch Pushboat

Around the end of June Moran Towing Corp. of New Canaan, Connecticut will launch the Lisa Moran, a new triple screw push boat at the C&G Boatworks yard in Mobile Alabama. This will be the third push boat in the extensive and varied Moran fleet. The firm’s two existing pushboats were repowered with Cummins engines earlier this year. Three Cummins KTA38 M0 mains, each one producing 850 hp at 1800 rpm, will power the 77 x 30-ft. Lisa Moran


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


Pushing on Brazil’s Rio Madeira

M/V SCL 22

Flavio Silveira does design work for the Beconal shipyard where he continues to upgrade the Amason’s basic pushboat design.   This September the yard delivered a 1200 hp pushboat  to Planalto. As do most Amazon pusboats, the hull of the M/V SCL 22 has a slight dead-rise at the bow with a two deck winches for making up to the tow mounted on the foredeck. Push knees are designed to accommodate barges at various drafts


Editor's Note

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Even if, as Marcon International’s Bob Beagle says, barges are the workhorses of the towing industry, then the pushboats that propel the 38,000 (documented and undocumented) deck, hopper, tank, crane and miscellaneous purpose barges to their destinations are the heart and soul of the most


Engineering Efficiency on the Paraná

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A North American design tailored for South American operation: the new fleet of diesel-electric push boats engineered by Robert Allan Ltd. (RA) brings an improved level of performance to the Paraná River.     


Shipbuilding: Vigor Industrial Grows Stronger

 Frank Foti, Vigor Industrial CEO

Vigor Industrial has ballooned from a modest shipyard in Portland, Oregon, to the largest shipbuilder in the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Vigor increasingly thinks big and builds big. The company’s new floating dry dock will be the largest in the United States


Cool Runnings: R.W. Fernstrum's Engineered Solutions

Big, modern OSVs have been a good source of business for R.W. Fernstrum, both in it traditional gridcooler keel cooler business as well as the WEKA Fernstrum Boxcoolers. Pictured above is Edison Chouest’s Ted Smith, with its Fernstrum Gridcooler Keel Coolers shown directly above. (Photo: Edison Chouest)

A hallmark of the global maritime industry is the proliferation of smaller, family founded and managed businesses. R.W. Fernstrum is one such company: a ubiquitous presence for more than 65 years providing engineered cooling solutions to maritime and offshore markets


Popular Boat: Popular Engine

Photo courtesy of Eymard Marine Construction and Repair

On the Mississippi and throughout the U.S. inland waterways, pushboats of about 70 feet and with around 2000 hp are ubiquitous.   They can be seen in barge fleeting operations along the riverbanks for pushing one or two 30,000-barrel oil barges


Fourth High-speed Support Vessel for Marineco

Photo: Damen

The Marineco Thunderbird is U.K.-based Marineco’s fourth FCS 2610 Twin Axe. Siemens will be deploying Thunderbird off the west coast of England, at the same latitude as Barrow, where it will be used to perform installation and maintenance work for Walney Offshore Windfarms


Damen Deliver Twin-Axe OSV to Marineco

Marineco Thunderbird: Photo credit Damen Shipyards

The ‘Marineco Thunderbird’ is UK-based Marineco’s fourth FCS 2610 Twin Axe to join its windfarm support fleet of vessels. Marineco was the first customer to buy one of these vessels nearly two and a half years ago, based on a design for an Offshore and Offshore Wind support


Ultrapetrol to Refinance, Sells 7 Barges

In related recent announcements Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) says it intends to offer secured Notes, & has completed the sale of 7 barges. Ultrapetrol (Bahamas) an industrial transportation company serving marine transportation needs in three markets (River Business, Offshore Supply


By the Numbers: Boats, Cargo & the Environment

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U.S. Flag Vessels by Type and Age (Number of vessels) The latest statistical roundup of the U.S. flag fleet (2012) shows some interesting trends. We know that the U.S. blue water, deep draft fleet continues to dwindle in size and numbers – albeit some exciting recent orders for tankers and


Eastern: Beyond the Backlog

Inside ESG’s massive  fabrication facility.

Eastern Shipbuilding eyes bigger prizes while maintaining both quality and an astounding pace of work at their Panhandle locations. For these reasons and more, Eastern is one to watch.   A sweltering, early July visit by Maritime Reporter to Eastern Shipbuilding Group’s (ESG) two Gulf


Conrad Shipyard: Strength in Diversity

Conrad’s specialty is building barges.

Conrad Shipyard has been a fixture in the inland and offshore new construction and repair marine market for more than six decades. This year the Morgan City, La., company celebrates its 65th anniversary, and while much has changed since the company’s inception in 1948


Assembly Line Efficiency

Diane Cenac. Photo by Jeff L. Yates, courtesy of Cummins

Raymond Viguerie and, more recently his son Peter, have been building pushboats at a yard on a bayou just off the Itntacoastal Waterway that skirts the Gulf of Mexico. Their Intracoastal Ironworks sits between the bayou and the Bourg-LaRoxe Highway has recently expanded into the neighboring


New Yard Builds for Excellence

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In mid-October of 2013 Capt. Mark Duthu of Montgeut, Louisiana was proudly showing his family around his new command. The 72 by 30-foot pushboat MV Gunner was about to leave the New Generation Marine Shipbuilding on the Intracoastal Waterway near Houma, Louisiana


Ultrapetrol Completes 100% of Mortgage Note Exchange

Image courtesy of Ultrapetrol

Ultrapetrol announce the results of its offer to exchange all of its outstanding $25.0 million 8 7/8% First Preferred Ship Mortgage Notes due 2021 that were issued in a private placement on October 2, 2013 as follows: The company informs that the notes were issued for an equal principal amount of


Gulf Coast Workboat Repowered with Volvo Penta Diesels

Zimco Marine saved $40,000 per engine per boat in fuel costs after repowering two shrimp boats with twin Volvo Penta D13 engines.

Based on impressive fuel consumption and performance results from the Volvo Penta engines installed in a new-construction pushboat, the operator decided to repower one of its older vessels with the same D16 engine package. When Volvo Penta supplied the main propulsion system for the M/V Ted


 
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