Eastern Marine Delivers Towboat —Ninth of A 10-Vessel Contract

Eastern Marine, Inc. of Panama City, Fla., recently delivered the towboat Eagle, the ninth vessel of a 10-vessel contract that was signed with Central Gulf Lines, Inc. of New Orleans, La. The vessels are operated by Compass Marine Gulf, Inc., also of New Orleans, and have a scheduled run between New Orleans and Port St. Joe, Fla., pushing a tow consisting of two barges loaded with 6,000 tons of coal.

The towboat measures 70 by 26 by 9 feet and is powered by two Detroit Diesel 12V-149N engines.

The reduction gears are Twin Disc MG-540 at a 6:1 ratio. Kahlenberg 72/53 four-bladed stainless-steel propellers are mounted on 7-inch forged steel shafts. Shipboard power is provided by two 50-kw generators driven by two Detroit Diesel 4-71N engines.

Other equipment includes Fernstrum grid coolers, EMI 16-point alarm system, Kobelt engine controls, Patterson M51-5-100 deck winches, Carlisle & Finch searchlights, Perko Navigation lights, and Eacco doors.

Eastern Marine is a growing company that has earned a reputation in recent years as a builder of high quality vessels with exceptionally good workmanship. The company opened their Panama City shipyard in 1978. This 13-acre facility has over 1,300 feet of water frontage and is used primarily to construct medium to small sized boats. Fifteen miles east of the Panama City Yard, the company opened another shipyard in Allanton, in 1981. This facility is substantially larger and is used to construct larger vessels. It com- prises 135 acres with more than 5,200 feet of water frontage.

In late 1983, Eastern Marine acquired a 10-acre ship repair facility in Panama City. Equipped with two marine railways, the yard is used for defense and commercial repair and haulouts. The new repair yard is part of Eastern Marine's effort to diversify their capabilities in the shipbuilding and ship repair industry.

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