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Tug fleet completed for US inland towage

Thu 22 Nov 2018 by Martyn Wingrove

Tug fleet completed for US inland towage
Master Marine completed Rick Pemberton for Waterfront in November 2018

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 Guardís Subchapter M requirements. Miss Deborah was delivered to the owner in October 2017 and Tom Toretti joined Waterfront Servicesí 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)ís 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 Guardís 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 Transportationís 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        
Tug name Owner Month  Type Builder Engines
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
Assateague Vane Brothers March ATB Conrad 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

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