US shipyards continued with a string of towboat deliveries in Q2 2021 to cater for increased demand for inland waterway transportation
In June, C&C Marine and Repair completed its latest vessel for Kirby Inland Marine and delivered a towboat for Parker Towage.
Bowling Green is the second in a series of three towboats built for Kirby at the Belle Chasse, Louisiana shipyard. This 52-m tugboat has a 15-m beam, accommodation for 12 people and was designed by CT Marine. 4,920 kW of power comes from three Cummins QSK60-M main engines that drive stainless-steel, fixed-pitch Sound propellers through Reintjes WAF 1173 H/V reduction gears.
C&C Marine and Repair also delivered new towboat Olive Parker in June. This is the first vessel the shipyard has built for Alabama-based owner Parker Towing Co. Olive Parker was also designed by CT Marine with 3,290 kW of power coming from two Caterpillar 3516B main engines.
Metal Shark’s shipyard in Alabama delivered its third towboat to Florida Marine Transporters in June. Gianna Hull is a 36.5-m vessel, design by John W Gilbert Associates, with two Caterpillar marine diesel engines and over 3,000 kW of power.
This followed delivery of towboats and tugs from US shipyards including Blakeley BoatWorks, Diversified Marine, Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Nichols Brothers, Main Iron and Cenac Marine in Q2 2021.
These deliveries and continuing vessel orders make the US one of the most productive tug-building nations worldwide.
One of the latest orders was for a 13.7-m aluminium workboat salvage vessel at New Jersey-based Delaware Bay Shipbuilding Co designed by LeMole Naval Architecture and Specmar Inc.
The entire vessel is constructed from 5086-H116 aluminium and it will have two Cummins QSM-11 V-drive diesel engines, each delivering 500 kW of power through ZF marine gears.
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