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workboat review

While global shipping and shipbuilding markets re-

Vigor Built main in turmoil, local workboat markets hold steady.


Following is a recap of recent deliveries and technical

Lique? ed Gas

Carrier innovation in the space. igor stood out last month with the launch of the new ATB tank barge designed to transport up to 22,000 tons of anhydrous ammonia (NH3). v

According to the shipyard, The Harvest is the ? rst complex lique? ed ammonia transport barge built in the U.S. for Jones Act trade since 1982, built to support the operations of The Mosaic Company, an integrated producer and marketer of concentrated phosphate and potash. The Harvest will be operated by a subsidiary of Savage Companies as part of an articulated tug and barge (ATB) unit. Savage, a supply chain solutions company, has been steadily in- creasing its footprint in the marine industry.

Vigor CEO Frank Foti said, “[The NH3 barge project] combines Vigor’s ca- pabilities in large vessel construction with decades of experience building complex structures like nuclear containment devices, dam lift gates and bridg- es.” It was built to ABS and U.S. Coast Guard safety standards.

astern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. remains one of the steadfast and busy builders of vessels in the U.S., and recently it delivered the last of four inland river towboats to IWL River, Inc. The four towboats – Impala e

Soledad, Impala Salgar, Impala Mompox and Impala Cantagallo – will ser- vice the inland waterways of Latin America for Impala Terminals. Impala owns and operates a network of terminals that facilitate global trade ? ows, specializing in warehousing, multi-modal logistics and related port services for essential commodities worldwide.

This series of CT Marine designed 134 ft. inland river service towboats are triple screw with retractable pilothouses. All four towboats were constructed, out? tted and delivered at Eastern’s Allanton, Fla. facility.

Dufour, Laskey & Strouse, Inc. represented the owner and provided on-site management team throughout the builds.

etal Trades, Inc. (MTI) is a new face on the workboat newbuild market, and it recently launched a shallow-draft push boat for Bald

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Head Island Limited, LLC. (BHI). The new vessel, Capt Cooper, was

Delivers Four christened in late June at the builder’s Yonges Island, S.C. facility.

Towboats to

As the ? rst self-powered vessel built by MTI, Capt Cooper signals an ex-

IWL River.

pansion of MTI’s service offering to include new vessel construction. The

Photo: Eastern Shipbuilding 55-year-old company has been active in heavy metal fabrication, barge build- ing and vessel repair for government and commercial customers.

Capt Cooper measures 50 x 24 x 8 ft. with a 5.5-ft. draft, designed by naval architecture ? rm CT Marine and constructed to ABS speci? cations.

The vessel is powered by two main propulsion engine/gearsets con? gured for port/STBD twin screw appl ication. The engines are John Deere 6136 AFM keel cooled marine diesel engines with a 425 hp at 1,900 rpm M-2 Rating

Tier 3. The gears are ZF W350 electric shift 3.968:1 ratio marine gears. The vessel’s steering consists of four main rudders and four ? anking rudders for maneuverability. On deck, Capt Cooper is equipped with two Patterson wire winches.

t. Johns Ship Building in Palatka, Fla. christened the newest Vane

Brothers tugboat, New York, in early June. New York is the sixth of s eight 4,200-hp, model-bow tugs contracted through St. Johns by Vane

Brothers. Vane Brothers, headquartered in Baltimore, Md., also conducts op- erations from a facility in Brooklyn, New York, and other locations along the

U.S. East Coast. More than 50 Vane Brothers tugboats are primarily tasked

MTI Launches with towing petroleum barges engaged in the North Atlantic coastwise trade.

Its First Push

Scheduled for delivery later this summer, the tug New York is an Elizabeth


Anne Class vessel. The tug Elizabeth Anne, delivered by St. Johns in January 2016, was the ? rst in the series.

Photo: MTI Photo: Vigor 51

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