Dravo SteelShip To Build Two Cat-Powered Towboats For A&G Transportation

Dravo SteelShip Corporation, Pine Bluff, Ark., has been awarded a contract to design and construct two 85-foot by 30-foot by 10-foot towboats for A&G Transportation Company of Chickasaw, Ala. The towboats are designed with an 8-foot draft and 26-foot eye level.

These vessels are to be equipped with Caterpillar's new line of engines, the 3512, which develop 1,026 bhp each for a total of 2,046 bhp. These engines will be equipped with Caterpillar 7241, 7.07:1 reduction gears. Fernstrum packaged keel coolers are to be installed. The propellers will be stainless steel, four-blade, with 80-inch diameter.

An audible and visual alarm in the pilothouse will monitor main engines and generators. The panel alarms will include main engine lube oil pressure, water temperature and water level, generator lube oil pressure, water temperature and water level, reduction gear lube oil pressure, and low air pressure and bilge water level.

Two 50-kw Lima Electric generator sets, powered by Perkins diesel engines, will be provided as the source for Carlisle & Finch 1,000-watt Xenon searchlights, a 10-hp LO HED C-3 electric capstan, two Beebe Model 34RC deck winches, and owner-furnished radiotelephones, radar, citizen band base station, and other pieces of electronic equipment. Start and stop of the generator sets will be accomplished from the pilothouse.

Designed with full follow-up, mechanical / hydraulic steering, each vessel will be provided with two steering and four flanking rudders. Completion of these vessels is scheduled for third and fourth quarters, 1981.

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