Mississippi Marine Towboat Delivers Two New Vessels To Palmer Barge Line

M i s s i s s i p p i M a r i n e Towboat Corporation of Greenville, Miss., recently delivered two vessels — the M / V Scott Palmer and the M / V Stacey Palmer — to Palmer Barge Line, Inc. of Nederland, Texas.

The sister vessels, both recently commissioned by the Palmer firm, were completely d e s i g n e d and built by Mississippi Marine. Both vessels, based in Port Arthur, Texas, are primarily engaged in towing petroleum products.

The hulls of the Palmer crafts are 60 feet long, 24 feet wide, by 8 feet deep, with normal operating drafts of 6 feet 6 inches. Twin Detroit Diesel 1 6 V - 7 1 e n g i n es generating 1,200 horsepower @ 1,800 rpm each, drive both boats.

Stainless-steel 56-inch-diameter Kahlenberg propellers with a 47- inch pitch are coupled with the engines via Twin Disc MG-518 reduction gears with a 5.07:1 ratio.

Quincy F325-14 air compressors are also on board.

K e n n e d y E n g i n e in Biloxi, Miss., supplied both the engines and the Delco 40-kw generators to Mississippi Marine. The engine monitoring equipment came from Pan American Systems of Belle Chasse, La.

Both vessels have liquid capacities of 13,500 gallons of fuel, 4,500 gallons of fresh water, and 350 gallons of lube oil.

Matthews Marine Systems, Inc.

designed the steering system for the Scott Palmer, while M & I Hydraulics of Jackson, Miss., supplied the system for the Stacey Palmer. B o t h b o a t s have two steering rudders and four flanking rudders.

Each craft has two 55/75 Modar VHF radios with a Raytheon 350 loud hailer and SBA-301 SSB.

Similarly, both are radar equipped with a Decca RM 914C. Both accommodate a crew of six. The Stacey Palmer consists of a main deck with two double staterooms f o r the crew, and a second deck with one stateroom with two sin gle bunks for the captain and pilot. The Scott Palmer has a main deck, identical to the Stacey Palmer, with two double staterooms for the captain and pilot on the second deck.

Each vessel has r e m o v a b le stacks, Mathers AD-14 air throttle controls and central air-conditioning.

Mississippi Marine, located on L a k e F e r g u s o n at Greenville, builds towboats and barges and offshore vessels. It also operates dual drydock facilities f o r repairs and vessel renovations on inland waterways. The firm offers towboat design and construction f r om initial design phase through completion.

The firm has recently finished c o n s t r u c t i o n of its own second 1,750-ton drydock to complement the capacities of its existing 2,500-ton drydock.

For further information, contact D. John Nichols, Mississippi Marine Towboat Corp., P.O. Box 539, H a r b o r F r o n t Industrial Park, Greenville, Miss. 38701.

Phone (601) 332-5457.

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