New Tugs: Big Power, Shallow Draft
Bayou LaBatre Alabama has long been recognized for the production of its many shipyards. Currently the Rodriguez Shipyard is in the process of adding several more tugs to the dozens that they have launched over the decades.
From the computer assisted design work of owner Joey Rodriguez, the latest creation is a shallow draft triple screw tug for Roy Garber’s Sea Cypress LLC in Berwick Louisiana. At 78 by 28 feet Rodriguez Hull #307 has a ten-foot molded depth. Three Cummins QSK19-M diesels, each delivering 660 HP to Twin Disc gears, turn six-inch Aquamet shafts with four-blade stainless steel props.
A pair of 40 kw gensets provide electrical power for the tug including a pair of Smatco 55 deck winches. An elevated wheelhouse will make possible the pushing and towing of barges while sheltered aft controls will facilitate making up to barges.
Work in and around the shallows of the Mississippi deltas and bayous can present real challenges to a tug that must also navigate sections of open water. With nearly 2,000 HP, this vessel from Rodriguez will add to the shipyard’s reputation for tugs designed and built with deep draft power in a shallow draft tug.