E.N. Bisso And Son Add Powerful Tug To Fleet

A newly named docking tugboat, described by its owners as the most powerful such craft in the port of New Orleans, has been commissioned by E.N. Bisso and Son, Inc., tug operators and marine contractors.

The M/V J.A. Bisso II, formerly the Evelyn Edwards, has gone into service after minor renovation following its acquisition in 1987.

The tug measures 125 feet in length with a 29.6-foot beam. Two Fairbanks-Morse 10-cylinder opposed piston engines produce 4,600 horsepower at 900 rpm, driving the boat through Falk gears with a 2.5 to 1 ratio. The engines were overhauled by Bisso personnel. Changes included addition of an engine monitoring and alarm system, a new stack, installation of bow bumper and side fenders, and a new Microphor marine sanitation system.

The tug will be used primarily in ship docking on the Mississippi River from the river's mouth to Baton Rouge. It is equipped for hawser towing and offshore work.

The J.A. Bisso II was built in New Iberia, La., in 1965. E.N. Bisso and Son operate 12 tugs.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 27,  Aug 1988

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