Iowa Marine Delivers M/V Blanche V To Gibbons Marine

Iowa Marine S h i p y a r d of Keokuk, Iowa, recently delivered the M/V Blanche V to Gibbons Marine of Beardstown, 111.

The Blanche is an IM-60 class vessel, 60 feet by 24 feet by 8 feet with an operating draft of 6 feet. She is powered by twin Cummins KTA-1150M diesels developing 940 hp at 1,800 rpm, driving through Twin Disc MG- 518 gears with 6:1 ratio. Power is supplied to the 64-inch by 50- inch Kahlenberg stainless-steel propellers.

Generators are 30-kw Lima- Mac driven by John Deere 4219 diesels. Iowa Marine president Tom Edwards says: "One of the things we have always attempted to do is provide equipment that is easily serviceable, and this John Deere engine is an old line, widely used engine. Parts and service are available in just about every town where there is a John Deere dealer." Steering is an Iowa Marine design, mechanical over hydraulic, full follow-up with each main engine driving a hydraulic gear pump. There are two steering and four flanking rudders which give the vessel exceptional handling capabilities.

The bilge system is designed to allow any compartment on the vessel to be pumped and also allows for discharge overboard, to the slop tank, or to the stern ballast tanks. By utilizing the sea cock, the engine room and the entire exterior of the vessel can be washed down.

The pilothouse is equipped with a Regency MT-5500 all channel VHF radio, a Raytheon 400 Hailer- Intercom, two Carlisle Finch incandescent searchlights, full instrumentation and alarm systems.

Twin Nabrico 20-ton winches are enclosed in the forward deck locker for protection and to provide a large, clean front deck.

She is equipped with a fleet deck for easy access to empty barges.

The vessel is also equipped with a 12-volt automatic Jabsco bilge pump which discharges the stuffing box drains directly overboard, a Humphrey sanitary system, and a Dayton air compressor.

The hull is of %-inch plate with %-inch rounded corners and 1 --inch over the stern sections.

Gibbons Marine is owned by Mr. and Mrs. Don Gibbons of Beardstown. The Blanche V joins the M V Capt. Elmer in their operations and at present is being operated by Morris Harbor Service between St. Louis and Lemont on the Illinois River in the towing trade. She delivered nine barges to Grafton on her maiden voyage southbound. The Blanche V is named for Mrs. Elmer Logsdon, mother of Mrs. Lee Gibbons.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 24,  Mar 1983

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