Cvitanovic towing of Belle Chasse
, Louisiana has taken delivery of a fourth vessel for its fleet of highly efficient Lugger-style tugs. Built at the Rodriguez yard in Bayou LaBatre, Alabama
, the 65 by 26-foot, Andrew C, is slightly smaller than the 67.5 by 26-foot Pere C (2011) and George C (2012). Cummins QSK19-M mains power the two larger vessels. The smaller size permitted the Andrew C to take advantage of a pair of Cummins 355 HP QSM11-M main engines for a total of 710 HP. The sturdy engines deliver propulsion power to Kahlenberg 51x49-inch four-blade propellers through ZF 325 gears with 2.95:1 ratios.
To service rigs in the delta area of the Mississippi River, the tug is designed with a 5.5-foot shallow-draft. At the same time it has capacities for 10,600 gallons of fuel oil and 24,300 gallons of water. For cargo transfer there is a Veeder Root discharge meter. A 400 square foot deck space allows for transport of smaller pieces of equipment.
On the company web page, the Cvitanovic family, declare that they serve Plaquemines Parish and coastal Louisiana from
the Venice Port Complex just up river from the Head of the Passes. With the addition of the Andrew C to the fleet they have expanded the efficiency of operations.