Gateway Dredging has taken delivery of a 55’ 1,200 HP twin
screw conventional towboat. The Shearer Group, Inc. (TSGI) provided the design and engineering services to JB Marine Service, Inc. where the towboat was constructed in St. Louis, Mo.
The vessel was designed to ABS rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels for Service on Rivers and Intracoastal Waterways.
It was designed with TSGI’s best interpretation of the USCG 46 CFR Subchapter M regulations, since it was still pending at the time of design, which the designer said was not difficult for TSGI’s engineers due to the firm’s continued involvement in the critiquing of Subchapter M throughout the rulemaking process.
The towboat is the first of two designed by TSGI and constructed at JB Marine Services, Inc. The second, a 68’ 1,500 HP twin screw conventional towboat, is currently under construction.