Dravo SteelShip Delivers The 'Bud Weber'

Dravo SteelShip Corporation, Pine Bluff, Ark., recently delivered a 65-foot by 26-foot by 9.5- foot towboat from their stock boat line to Dravo Mechling and on charter to Compass Marine.

The Bud Weber (shown above) is powered by twin GM 16V92 diesel engines rated at 600 hp each. The engines are equipped with Twin Disc MG527, 5.17:1 reduction gears. Fernstrum keel coolers provide for main engine jacket water cooling.

Twin GM 4-71 engines with 50-kw g e n e r a t o r s supply the ship's power, which includes Carlisle Finch 1,000-watt incandescent searchlights, Nabrico 7Vo-hp h y d r a - e l e c t r i c deck winches, Quincy air compressors and owner- furnished electronics which are by Electronic Services of Greenville, Miss. The generators are controlled with a Con-Select marine panel. Main engines and generator sets were supplied by Western Diesel of St. Louis, Mo.

The steering system is a Dravo SteelShip standard designed full follow-up electrical-over-hydraulic with an Activation power unit and Wagner controls. The vessel is equipped with two Kahlenberg f o u r - b l a d e , stainless-steel, 60- inch by 54-inch propellers. Tank capacities are: fuel, 13,000 gallons ; potable water, 4,000 gallons; bilge, 500 gallons.

C u r r e n t l y , Dravo SteelShip Corporation is building a 65-foot towboat with 1,200 hp and a series of 85-foot towboats with a range from 1,800 hp to 2,100 hp.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 10,  Sep 1981

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