Mitsubishi Makes Smith Maritime Tug Move

Monday, March 26, 2007
For over 20 years, the Elsbeth II, a 110-ft. Smith Maritime tugboat, has done extensive deep sea towing and delivered military vessels around the world. When it came time for Smith Maritime owner Captain Latham Smith to replace one of Elsbeth II's three engines, he relied on a Gulf Coast distributor for help. Laborde provided the perfect fit for Elsbeth II - a Mitsubishi heavy-duty marine engine. "My new Mitsubishi engine performance far exceeds my expectations," said Capt. Smith. "The maneuverability and horsepower it provides are outstanding." A 6,000 hp ocean tug with a shallow draft and triple screws, the Elsbeth II needed the Mitsubishi S16R-Y1MPTA engine from Laborde to complement its heavy-duty design and operations. At 1,600 rpm, the engine provides 1,568 hp.

"I love Mitsubishi's simple design and power," said Smith. "The engine was easy to install and the crew has no problem servicing it while underway." Complete with a double drum towing winch, two 7,000 lb. anchors, a two ton hydraulic crane and an extensive assortment of automatic controls, alarms, electronics, searchlights and spare parts, the Elsbeth II is well- equipped for any situation. She carries a crew of up to 7 and has berthing for 11.

Smith Maritime was founded in 1968 when Capt. Smith built his first oceangoing boat, the tug Elsbeth, with a little help from his friends. From the successful operation of that initial boat, aboard which he and his wife raised their 5 children, his company has grown into an international ocean towing and salvage service. Smith has since constructed three more tugboats, including the Elsbeth II. For more than 25 years, Laborde Products has provided the marine and industrial markets with a wide range of high-quality products and parts. They distribute Mitsubishi, Yanmar and Hatz diesel engines and also package their own diesel-powered generators, pumps, pressure washers and other custom diesel equipment.

"I enjoy the excellent relationship I have with Laborde," said Smith. "They offer superior service and support." As Elsbeth II's other engines need replacing, Smith said he plans to use Mitsubishi models from Laborde. One of the last family-owned salvage and rescue businesses, Smith Maritime vessels operate around the world, but primarily between the U.S., Caribbean and South America. Their services include ocean and coastal towing, dock and facility construction, pipe and cable laying, submersible operations, cargo and dredge operations, salvage and rescue plus harbor, anchor and buoy handling.

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