US owners have ordered newbuilds and acquired tugs to bolster coastal towage and inland waterway operations
A coastal towage tug has been completed for Vane Brothers, while tugboats have been delivered to inland waterway barge transportation providers. Another inland towage company has strengthened its position in the Texas Gulf coast area through corporate purchases.
Chesapeake Shipbuilding has delivered a new harbour tug to Vane Brothers from its Salisbury, Maryland shipyard. It built 28.6-m Cape Fear to an Entech design with total power of 2,237 kW. Vane Brothers president C Duff Hughes said this tug would operate within the company’s harbour and coastal towage operations in the eastern US, joining its New York-based Bravo Fleet for towing petroleum barges along the US east coast.
Cape Fear has two Caterpillar 3512 main engines and a JonRie Series 500 hydraulic towing winch. A second of these 2,237 kW-powered coastal towage tugs, to be named Cape Henry, is due to be delivered by Chesapeake Shipbuilding in Q2 2021.
This shipyard has also been building Salisbury-class push-boats for Vane Brothers. These also have 2,237 kW of total power from twin Caterpillar 3512 main engines, but are designed for barge transportation operations.
Another inland transportation provider, Hines Furlong Line, has taken delivery of a new towboat from C&C Marine and Repair. The Louisiana-based builder completed 51.8-m Scarlett Rose Furlong with total power of 4,920 kW as the first of a three-vessel newbuilding series, designed by CT Marine and powered by three Cummins QSK60-M main engines.
These are paired with Reintjes WAF 1173 H/V reduction gears, supplied by Karl Senner, to drive Sound’s stainless-steel fixed pitch propellers. Cummins is also suppling three QSM11-DM, 275-kW generators for each of these vessels.
Caterpillar provided main engines to a new towboat delivered to Enterprise Marine Services by Steiner Construction in October. Maggie Rae is the second 2,690-kW powered towboat, with the first, named Billie Ruth, delivered to Enterprise in April 2020 as part of a nine-towboat construction programme at Steiner Construction.
The 36.5-m tugboats were built to a Farrell and Norton design with retractable pilothouses and a pair of Caterpillar 3512 main engines that turn two Sound Denominator propellers through Twin Disc 5600 reduction gears.
In Texas, Lydia Ann Channel Fleet (LACF) christened four towboats – Isla Margaret, Louisa Frances, Shaw Elizabeth and Elin Merritt – on 16 October. Three of these were renamed during 2020 while Elin Merritt is LACF’s first newbuild
This 23.7-m vessel was built by Diversified Marine with 1,490 kW of power. It has a pair of Cummins QSK38 main engines driving Sound Denominator propellers through Twin Disc 540 reduction gears.
Elsewhere in Texas, Ingram Barge subsidiary Houston Fleeting Services has acquired the business assets of San Jacinto River Fleet and Houston-based Cheryl K.
These corporate deals extend Ingram Barge’s reach to the Houston area and along the Gulf coast of Texas growing its logistics, dry barge and liquid barge businesses.
Ingram Barge operates a fleet of 125 towboats and 4,500 barges, transporting aggregates, coal, grain, fertiliser, ores, bulk chemicals and steel products.
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