Blessey Adds New Generation Pushboat to its Fleet

By George Backwell
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Pushboat 'Lisa Gail Strafuss': Photo courtesy of New Generation Shipbuilding

With several vessels from push boats to OSVs delivered, Joe Gregory’s New Generation Shipyard in Houma Louisiana, is now a well-recognized shipyard. Early this summer the yard delivered one of their signature 72X30-foot pushboats with a sister-ship well on the way for an September delivery, according to Cummins HotTips.

The Lisa Gail Strafuss carries the well known Blessey Marine stack logo and is well sized and fitted out for pushing fuel barges in both the canals along the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River system.

A pair of grid-cooled Cummins K38-M main engines provides main power. Recognized as the industry standard for towboats of this size, the engines each deliver 1000 HP at 1800 RPM to Kahlenberge 72X58-inch propellers on 7-inch shafts through Twin Disc MG540 gears with ratios of 5.96:1.

The sister-ship, to be named Ben Strafuss and also for Blessey, has the same Cummins main engine package. Both vessels will also be fitted with a pair of 85 kW Cummins-powered generator sets.

A third vessel with a new four-cabin design by New Generation is also under contract for a December 2014 delivery.

Source: Cummins HotTips
 

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