Sneed Delivers Pushboat To Blessey Marine

Located in Harahan, La., Blessey Marine Services has taken delivery of a 65 x 24 ft. (19.8 x 7.3 m) pushboat, David F. Stone, built by Sneed Shipbuilding of Orange, Texas. Powered by a pair of Cummins KTA19M main engines delivering a combined 1,000-hp through Reintjes WAF363L main gears, the vessel holds four-blade 64 x 52-in.

props by Michigan Workhorse. Electrical power is provided by a 50 kW Stamford Newage generators driven by 6B5.9-D(M) Cummins engines, with cooling for both mains and gensets supplied by Fernstrum.

Achieving 10.5-mph on its maiden voyage, pushing a 10,000 barrel oil barge, the boat is capable of accommodating up to five people in three bunk rooms. Its first assignment, according to Blessey Marine's Steve Proehl, is to push a 20,000 barrel barge on the Gulf Intercoastal Waterway.

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