Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, Wash., announced that Caribbean Towing, Inc. of Madisonville, La., has sold its 3,900 hp twin screw, U.S. flag tug Ranger to Jonah Co., Inc. of Lockport, La.
The tug was originally built in 1945 as a single screw ATA class tug and after lying idle for about 10 years was completely rebuilt and converted to a twin screw tug in 1997 by Bollinger Shipyards in Algiers. Work included installation of a new electrical system, interior refinishing, generators, piping systems, exhaust stack, electronics, kort nozzles and installation of two reconditioned EMD 16-645E2 main engines. A new pilothouse had previously been installed in 1986.
The new owners are renaming the vessel Mister Jonah and plan to spend two to three months working on the vessel to further refurbish the accommodations and reduce the current gross tonnage from 297 to under 200. Upon completion of work, the tug will be available for coastal and ocean towing in the U.S. Gulf and Caribbean.
Marcon has sold a total of six tugs to-date this year. This is the second 3,900 hp twin screw, U.S. flag tug sold this month. A full list of Marcon's sales is available on the Internet at www.marcon.com.