ESG Delivers USCG Sub-M Towboat

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

May 28, 2019

Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding Group

Eastern Shipbuilding Group has delivered the M/V Brian Boudreaux (Hull 198). 

It is also the first new construction USCG Sub-M towboat for Florida Marine Transporters, LLC of Mandeville, LA.

It was in early 2018, when Florida Marine Transporters, LLC signed four more additional towboats, bringing the total to seventy (70) vessels contracted over the last 14 years. The M/V Brian Boudreaux was constructed at Eastern’s Allanton Facility from a design furnished by Gilbert Associates, Inc. of Boston, MA. The M/V Brian Boudreaux is the first new construction vessel in the series to be issued a USCG Sub-M Certificate of Inspection (COI).

This order for 90’ towboats originally began with a twenty-five (25) vessel contract, starting deliveries in 2006 and was successfully completed with on-time deliveries. It has expanded to become the largest single Owner, single Shipbuilder, new construction program with the same class towboat design in United States history. Eastern greatly appreciates the long successful relationship for Florida Marine, building high quality and reliable vessels serving US waterways.

Jeff Brumfield, Director of Vessel Engineering and Construction at Florida Marine, said he was very pleased with how the delivery went and that Eastern did a great job working through all the new USCG Sub-M challenges.

The M/V Brian Boudreaux for Florida Marine is powered by two (2) Caterpillar 3512C Tier 3 diesel engines rated at 1,500 HP at 1,600 RPM, provided by Louisiana CAT Power Systems of Reserve, LA. The reduction gears are direct coupled Twin-Disc Model MG-5600 with a 6.04:1 reduction supplied by Stewart Supply, Inc. of Harvey, Louisiana.  

Electrical power is provided by two (2) 99kW John Deere 4045AFM85 99KW Tier 3 generator sets rated for 60 Hz, at 208 VAC provided by Kennedy Engine Company of Biloxi, MS.  These diesel engines comply with the current EPA Tier 3 control of emissions of nitrogen oxides from marine diesel engines.

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