Diesel Shipbuilding Delivers Steel Harbor Tug To Ecuador

Diesel Shipbuilding Company of Jacksonville, Fla., recently delivered a 46-foot tugboat to the Port Authority of La Libertad, Ecuador.

The main engines for the twin-screw La Libertad were supplied by Coastal Power Products of Jacksonville. They are a pair of General Motors Detroit Diesel engines, each with a continuous rating of 230 bhp at 1,800 rpm, with 32-volt starting and 60-amp, 32-volt alternators on each engine.

Reduction gear ratio is 4.5:1. The propellers are Ellis 4-blade bronze, 48 by 36 inches, and the propeller shafts are 4y2- inch PH stainless steel furnished by Western Branch Metals. Fuel capacity is 1,750 gallons.

The new tug is of steel construction with a 15-foot beam and draft of 6 feet. Hull construction is 5/16-inch plate and the deck is ^-inch. There are five transverse bulkheads of ^-inch plate, and one longitudinal of ^-inch.

James W. Coppedge, president of Diesel Shipbuilding, said, "We have specialized in the construction of steel vessels, building a variety of shrimp boats and other workboats to meet the need for rugged, seaworthy boats. Our steel vessels have met that need for three generations." The pilothouse has a Wagner model N400-1500, hydraulically operated steering system with a 42-inch mahogany wheel, Perko navigation lights with screens, and One Mile Ray searchlight.

Quarters in La Libertad are of the day type, with settee cushions in the aft end of the wheelhouse, and two pipe berths.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 8,  Jan 1981

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