McDermott-Built Barge Uses Markey Machinery Windlass And Capstans

Markey Machinery Co., Inc. of Seattle, designer and builder of auxiliary marine deck equipment, recently delivered a Type WESD- 28S Drum Windlass for a 350-foot barge built by McDermott Shipyards, for Matson Navigation Co. The 10 hp electric windlass has a narrow width drum to ease spooling, and has a capacity of 720 feet of 13A inch wire. Of particular interest is the radio-controlled anchor lowering system, which allows it to pay out its wire on command from the tug. The amount of wire out is monitored on the tug via the signal sent by the windlass' drum counter. Local line payout is achieved by use of the manual drum brake and the main pinion clutch.

Accompanying the drum windlass on the Matson barge are four Markey 24-inch type CET-80 capstans. Each 30-hp ac electric capstan has its motor and gearcase mounted on the deck below to conserve deck space.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 54,  Aug 15, 1984

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