Main Iron Works Delivers Alco-Powered 'Karen Ann' To Corpus Christi Marine Services

The M/V Karen Ann (shown above), largest towboat in the fleet of the Corpus Christi Marine Services Company, was christened recently by Karen Ann Mc- Carthy, daughter of CCMS board chairman Dennis W. McCarthy.

The towboat, which will be one of the largest operating in intracoastal waterways, was constructed by Main Iron Works in Houma, La. Equipped with two Alco engines with a combined output of 2,400 bhp at 1,000 rpm, she will work with three new barges totaling 80,000 barrels in capacity and will transport petroleum products on the Gulf Coast Intracoastal Waterway.

The Karen Ann is 85.5 feet long and 32 feet wide, with a depth of 14 feet. It is three and a half decks high, sleeps eight, and operates with a crew of six.

The towboat is equipped with a Lufkin reverse r e d u c t i o n gear that offers a 4.5:1 gear ratio, with Airflex clutches; three 10-hp Quincy air compressors; two 75- kw GM Detroit Diesel 6-71 gen- erator sets; and two Nabrico electrohydraulic deck winches.

The Karen Ann, whose home port will be Corpus Christi, is on long-term charter to Saber Energy, Inc. Mr. McCarthy, who formed both companies, is also chairman of the board of Saber Energy.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 39,  May 15, 1981

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