The Melinda Brent (shown above), an 86-foot inland waterways towboat, was christened recently in New Orleans by her owners, Brent Towing of Greenville, Miss. Designed and built by Superior Boat Works of Greenville, the vessel is powered by Cummins KTA-2300-M marine diesel engines generating 1,880 total continuous duty horsepower at 1,800 rpm. Power is transmitted to 76-inch, s t a i n l e s s - s t e el Kahlenberg propellers through Twin Disc MG-540 gears set at 6.18:1. The Melinda Brent is the first of Brent's 18 boats powered by Cummins engines.
The company plans to operate the boat primarily on the Illinois River and Chicago area waterways, where it will transport chemicals to contract customers.
The vessel has a beam of 27 feet and a draft of 9 feet. It is the first of two tugs ordered by Brent from Superior Boatworks, a whol- ly owned subsidiary. A retractable pilothouse gives the boat maneuverability under low bridges in the Chicago area yet still provides adequate visibility for short runs on the choppy waters of Lake Michigan.
Manufacturer's published fuel curves show the 12-cylinder KTA- 2300-M consumes 47.4 gallons per hour under full-load, continuousduty applications. Aside from fuel efficiency, Brent also looked at power and service considerations before choosing Cummins. "The twin engines give us over 1,800 horsepower—plenty of power f or the harbor maneuverability we need with the Melinda Brent," vice president Lea Brent says.
The Melinda Brent is also equipped with a Cummins fuel/ oil blender to convert dirty lube oil into a mixture that can be burned with diesel fuel, thereby stretching fuel supplies. The vessel is also equipped with four Sarex 10 oil/water separators to filter water and contaminants from fuel.
Two Lima 75-kw generators powered by Cummins NT-495 marine a u x i l i a r y engines supply power for electronic gear and Gardner-Denver air compressors.
Patterson 20-ton deck winches powered by a five-horsepower electric motor secure tow ropes.
Communication equipment includes Triton 20 SSB and 55/75 VHF radios. Radar from Furuno and a LAZ-43 depth sounder pinpoint potential waterways hazards.
Paneled quarters for the eightman crew are located on the main deck and a spacious galley features full-size range, refrigerator and dishwasher along with a color television. The Melinda Brent is equipped with a full array of warning and safety equipment including Kahlenberg air horns, Carlisle & Finch s e a r c h l i g h t s, Perko navigation lights, and Ansul fire extinguishers.
Brent Marine Supply Company outfitted the boat, while Cummins Mid-South, Inc. of Jackson, Miss., supplied both the main propulsion engines and the auxiliary generator sets.
, 111., Trends in Types of Towboats and Barges, Trends in Shipyard Facilities, and Financing Improved Facilities. Members of the panel included Edwin Lea Brent, Brent Towing Co., Inc. of Greenville; Ian C. Douthwaite, Dravo Corporation of the Pittsburgh, Pa., area; Merle L. Harbourt, American Waterways
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recently commissioned a 200-foot water depth, mobile offshore drilling rig. The rig was christened the Griffin-Alexander II by its sponsor, Mrs. Lea Alexander, wife of J.W. Alexander, president of Griffin & Alexander Drilling Company. The multimillion- dollar rig has been under construction for
The Southern New England Section of the American Society of Naval Engineers held its quarterly meeting recently in Groton, Conn. Dr. Foster H. Middleton, professor of ocean engineering at the University of Rhode Island (URI), presented an enjoyable program on recent experiences with underwater
Crowley Maritime Corporation (CMC) recently announced major organizational changes with the consolidating of its Caribbean and Atlantic Divisions; the appointment of William B. Bru as president of the new division, to be centered in Teaneck, N.J.; and the simultaneous naming of Brent A. Stienecker as
D. John Nichols, president of Mississippi Marine Corp., Greenville, Miss., has announced the appointment of R. Monroe Barrett and Hugh Smith Jr. to executive posts in the firm. Mr. Barrett recently joined Mississippi Marine as manager of marketing and repair operations, while Mr. Smith has assumed the
Reportedly the nation's first highspeed whale-watch vessel was delivered to Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, Bar Harbor, Me., by Gladding-Hearn Shipbuilding, Somerset, Mass., licensee for Australia- based International Catamaran Designs (Incat). The new 92-ft. (28-m), 149-passenger catamaran, Friendsh
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A reorganization of the Dutch shipbuilding industries has resulted in the merger of IHC Gusto, the offshore yard of IHC Holland, into the Rhine-Schelde- Verolme Group (RSV) .This merger became effective July 15, 1978. The production facilities of Gusto will be shut down and its labor force will be
first since 1974, will provide employment for 2,000 men for two years, and also safeguard jobs in other industries. It has been placed by a new London leasing company which is to charter the two 58,000-cubicmeter- capacity vessels to Shell for 15 years. The first is scheduled for delivery in April
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supply dynamics above $9,700/day (for those units work- of dry-dock requirements coming due in that “…the market is likely tighter than for PSVs lead to a slightly different vola- ing) but with a disappointing utilization 2019. There is little spot availability and it appears…” citing the high
commission have been sold on and Ongoing UK North Sea decommissioning projects – data from OPRED have now been given a new lease of Northern North Sea Central North Sea Southern North Sea life – such as the Armada hub, which Osprey Jacky Ann and Alison is now under Chrysaor. Other options Merlin
the end of 2018. build experience, understand the chal- Sea, and Markham ST1 (unmanned The 14 projects include three potential lenges and reduce costs. Learnings and platform), the Ann and Alison, and Sat- OSPAR derogation projects, Brae, Brent ef? ciency gains help fell spending for urn subsea tiebacks
M MARKETS: Tankers “DESPITE THE AD- VERSE IMPACT OF THE OPEC CUTS AND A SLOWER ECONOMY, THE IMO 2020 COULD FURTHER BOOST CLEAN TANKER DE- MAND THE NEXT TWO YEARS, ABSORBING OVER 10% OF THE FLEET.” FOTIS GIANNAKOULIS, EQUITY ANALYST, MORGAN STANLEY Photo: Courtesy Euronav By Barry Parker ate
spreads veals it is presently reasonable to expect 0.5 percent sulfur fuels – of IMO low sulfur compliant fuels above high sulfur marine fu- to have at least the premium LS MGO had over IFO 380 across els, on the order of $300 to $400/ ton, or more. geographies in the past year, or about $225-$250 per
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on the Rise Credit: BSM Following the path of oil prices, consolidation also follows myriad ? nancial crises. What happens next isn’t altogether clear, but the long, deep trough for offshore energy may ? nally be in our choppy wake. By Barry Parker n mid 2017, ? nancial turnaround and ? nancial
panies have been working on speci? c synergies related to ize as much value from the combination as possible. this combination since the merger discussions began ear- The call for more consolidation of the OSV industry lier this year. We highlighted during the merger announce- has been heard for some
.” in a signing ceremony during the 4th need to acquire the experience, and are relates to the engineering relative to a Another point made crystal clear at Annual China Maritime Finance Forum investing to do so. Reyes cited ? ve keys passenger vessel,” something they do the Tianjin Summit was China’s
world yearbook Offshore © Danial/Adobe Stock Statistics & Analysis Courtesy of VesselsValue.com Offshore vessel orders have been se- in new orders should materialize. The MODU segment has been the The age pro? le of the ? eet is young, verely depressed following the oil price OCV activity has been
; Brent Perry, head of our worth as a safe, eco-friendly and economically valuable which in turn will ensure the strength Plan B Energy Storage, a world leader in asset to society. and bene? ts of membership. Among the alternative ferry fuels; and futurist David prime objectives, we aim to grow Inter-
. ll to its naval architecture, marine en- Authority (DWCPA) will have new Jim brings over 37 years’ experience in gineering & marine surveying team. leadership as Kyle Burleson, current the shipbuilding industry and joined Prior to joining TSGI, Ryan worked deputy director at the DWCPA, steps the
onboard. Caterpillar 3304 generator engine. More complete combustion means less fuel needed, as well as reduced maintenance and unscheduled down- time, cleaner injectors, cleaner piston crowns and cleaner ? ring tubes. The Fitch Fuel Catalyst is designed to reverse the natural aging process of fuel by
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loads cargo, it struggles to keep into its segregated ballast system. Many hours after ? n- BWTS game? up with the delivery volumes from shore. On at least ishing discharge – and not before receiving a raft of Let- one occasion, cargo is interrupted for two hours and ters of Protest for poor performance
poor performance – it ? nally As the product tanker loads cargo, it struggles to keep up departs the berth. with the delivery volumes from shore. On at least one occa- In contrast, tanker number three discharges an entire 70,000 sion, cargo is interrupted for two hours and for the balance ton parcel of
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ENERGY REPORTS orld Energy Reports has Negative developments ders remains bullish. We now anticipate $50-$55 oil only a portion (~55%) are just released its midterm • Downturn in expected oil prices – orders for 32 FPSOs and 8 FPUs over expected to proceed to a FID during the ? ve year forecast
environmental au- heat-removal quality of the PBES sys- Perry’s “capacity of capacity” stands until the end of the year is going to be thority tests of “leading” designs showed tems allow a 100-megawatt-hour storage at 43 megawatt hours of energy stor- marine,” Perry says, although word is they were not