Eymard Marine put its latest pushboat in the water last August from its Harvey, La. yard. The 70 x 28 x 9.5-ft. boat was finished out alongside the dock for a September delivery. Named the Kallie C. Eymard, the vessel features three Cummins (CMI)
KTA19 M3 engines producing a total of 1,800 hp. Each engine turns into a Twin Disc 5202 gear with a 6:1 ratio and turning 66 x 54-in. four-blade stainless Coolidge propellers from Jefferson Wheel
. According to Gary Eymard
, due to rising fuel prices, the center engine has been set up with a shaft brake so that if a job only required 1,200 hp, one engine can be shutdown to save on both hours and fuel.
Deck winches are a pair of Nabrico 40 ton electric over hydraulics loaded. Electrical power is provided by two Cummins 4B3.9 powered 35 kW gensets. Steering, designed by Don Strauss
, is a full follow-up hydraulic with two 10 hp Marathon motors to for the flanking and steering rudders. An M&M bumper system has been installed on the push knees and around the bulwarks. A secondary work or fleet deck extends from the upper push knees to the second deck of the deckhouse to provide save working space and easy access to empty barges.
The wheelhouse, on the third deck level, has a 25-ft.-above-water eye level. Electronics included ICOM VHF phones, Furuno radar, Dahlenberg air horns and 19-in. Perko searchlights and running lights. Accommodation on the second deck is for six crew with two double bunkrooms for crew and separate single-berth accommodations for the captain and pilot with shared washroom. A washer and dryer, fully equipped galley and a six-ton air condition/heater system are also provided for crew comfort. Although the boat is for sale, initial plans are to work it alongside Eymard's other two boats.