Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has launched the second vessel in a series of four new inland river towboats for IWL River, Inc. The newly built vessel, Impala Puerto Salgar (Hull #244), was launched on August 2, 2016.
The series of CT Marine designed 134 ft. ABS Classed Inland River Service towboats are Triple Screw with a Retractable Pilothouse and all are currently under construction at Eastern’s Allanton facility. The vessel deliveries are scheduled to start in late 2016 and continue into 2017.
The launch was hosted by Eastern's Project Manager Joe Stark. Also in attendance was IWL River, Inc.'s Owner's Representative, Ed Maxwell of Dufour, Laskey & Strouse, Inc. Stark and Maxwell praised the hard work and dedication of the employees. The Impala Puerto Salgar was blessed by Father Kevin McQuone, of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church
of Panama City
, and christened by Eastern’s Kelley Rogers, who has been a member of Eastern’s Purchasing Department for seven years.
ESG Hull #239: 2nd Vessel in the Series of 4
Length (LOA): 134’
Minimal Operational Draft: 6’
Pilothouse Eyelevel (above waterline): 37’-6”
Pilothouse Eyelevel (above waterline) retracted: 21’-12”
Diesel Main Engines: (3) Caterpillar 3512C, IMO II, 1,280 Horsepower @ 1,600 RPM.
Reverse Reduction Gears: (3) Reintjes, WAF665
Diesel Generators: (2) Caterpillar C6.6 125 kW, IMO II, 220-volt, 3-phase.
Classification: ABS +A1, Towing Vessel, River Service, +AMS, ABCU,
Flag: Republic of Panama