A major inland river transportation company completed its latest tugboat newbuilding campaign ahead of the holiday period in the US.
Waterfront Services took delivery of Rick Pemberton from Bayou La Batre, Alabama-based shipbuilder Master Marine, ahead of the US Thanksgiving holiday, which is being celebrated from today (22 November).
Rick Pemberton is the fourth of a series of 20.5-m tugboats built to the US Coast Guard’s Subchapter M requirements. Miss Deborah was delivered to the owner in October 2017 and Tom Toretti joined Waterfront Services’ fleet in January 2018. Sam P. Hise entered service in April.
Rick Pemberton has Mitsubishi diesel engines that comply with US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Tier 3 requirements. These drive two 4-blade, stainless-steel propellers, supplied by Sound Propeller Services, through Twin Disc MG 5321 gearboxes with 5:1 reduction ratio. There are also E300 electronic controls and RW Fernstrum keel coolers.
This tugboat also has two J&S Machine Works, 21-cm diameter and ABS Grade 2 propeller shafts with Thordon bearings, Thorplas bushings and shaft seals.
Laborde Products supplied the main engines and two Northern Lights M65C13.2S electronic controlled generators that provide 65 kW of power and comply with EPA Tier 3. Marine Supply provided a pair of Wintech 40-tonne deck winches.
Completion of this fleet newbuilding campaign means Master Marine has capacity to commence another set of newbuildings. It received orders for six new tugboats for operations in the Mississippi River this month. These will be built to Entech designs and the US Coast Guard’s Subchapter M requirements.
Earlier in November, VT Halter Marine launched the latest articulated tug-barge (ATB) tugboat for Bouchard Transportation. Evening Breeze was launched at the Pascagoula shipyard on 7 November. It will be a twin-screw ATB tug, classed by ABS, with engines that meet US Tier 4 emissions requirements. Evening Breeze will be paired with a barge being built at Bollinger Shipyards.
Another ATB tug, to be named Evening Stroll, is expected to be launched before the end of this year. These ATBs are part of Bouchard Transportation’s drive to modernise and expand its fleet and will be used for transporting liquid petroleum products throughout the Jones Act market in the US.
|US shipyard Deliveries 2018|
|unknown||US Navy||January||harbour||Modutech Marine||Cummins|
|Gwyneth Anne||Middle River Marine||January||towboat||Cummins|
|Tom Toretti||Waterfront Services||January||inland towage||Master Marine||Mitsubishi|
|Cindy L Eriksen||Marquette Transportation Co||February||tow tug||C&C Marine||Cummins|
|Kamryn Olivia||Middle River Marine||March||towboat||Cummins|
|Sam P Hise||Waterfront Services||April||inland towage||Master Marine||Mitsubishi|
|Rosemary McAllister||McAllister Towing||May||escort||Horizon||Caterpillar|
|Chris Reeves||Marquette Transportation Co||May||harbour||C&C Marine||Cummins|
|Cape Ann||Kirby||July||seagoing ATB||Master Boat||Caterpillar|
|Sigrid Dunlap||Dunlap Towing||July||oceangoing||Hansen Boat Co||Caterpillar|
|Kāpena Jack Young||Young Brothers||August||oceangoing||Conrad||General Electric|
|Cape Lookout||Kirby Offshore||September||seagoing ATB||Master Boat Builders||Caterpillar|
|Jerry Jarrett||Marquette Transportation||September||inland towage||C&C Marine||Cummins|
|Jerry Porche||Dupre Marine||October||ATB||Intercoastal Ironworks|
|Rick Pemberton||Waterfront Services||November||inland||Master Marine||Mitsubishi|