Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Alabama, has delivered the seventh 140’ towboat for Florida Marine Transporters (FMT). The vessel is named for FMT’s long-time Captain Phillip Box.
The M/V Capt. Phillip Box was launched in April, 2014 at Horizon’s Bayou La Batre facility using its 600 metric ton TraveLift. This TraveLift is one of the largest on the Gulf Coast and allows for efficient launch of new vessels as well as quick repair projects.
FMT’s latest towboat was designed by John Gilbert and is 140’ long by 42’ wide, with a 9’-6” draft. The vessel is fitted with two Cat C-280 6-cylinder engines, for combined Hp of 5,400, driving Sound propellers through Lufkin gearboxes. Two Cat C-9 generators support ship’s power. The steering system is provided by EMI. Fire suppression and detection systems are provided by Hiller Systems. Motor control centers and main switchboard were ordered through Mayer Electric; general alarms are by Gulf Coast Air and Hydraulics. The interior package was by Kern Martin Services, and the vessel comfortably accommodates a pilot, master, engineer and six crewmembers. Horizon’s Project Manager, Terry Freeman said the latest delivery will be another strong addition to FMT’s fleet.
On the heels of the delivery of the M/V Capt. Phillip Box, is FMT’s 4,000 Hp 120’ series .
The new 80’ towboat is equipped with Cat 3508’s delivering 2,200 Hp and is scheduled to enter the market September 2014.
Horizon continues its seven-plus year partnership with FMT.