December 1, 2009
Horizon Shipbuilding launches FMT towboat
Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, has launched the second of five 140 ft towboats for Mandeville, La., based Florida Marine Transporters (FMT). The vessel, the M/V Dennis J. Pasentine, is named for FMT's Chief Executive Officer.
The M/V Dennis J. Pasentine was launched on November 30, 2009 at Horizon Shipbuilding's Bayou La Batre facility using its 600 metric ton TraveLift, the largest on the Gulf Coast .
As well as allowing for the efficient launch of new vessels, the TraveLift also facilitates lift and relaunch in a matter of hours, which results in quick turnaround for the repair of existing vessels up to 200 ft in length and 50 ft beam.
FMT's newest towboat was designed by John Gilbert and is 140 ft long by 42 ft wide, with a 9 ft 6 in draft.
The towboat is four-decked and is outfitted for service in areas with restricted overhead clearances and draft limitations. Its two 12 cylinder EMD 710 engines generating a total of 6,000 horsepower driving Sound propellers through Nico MGN 5023Z gearboxes. Two Cummins generators support ship's power. The steering system is provided by EMI.
The M/V Dennis J. Pasentine provides accommodations for a pilot, master, engineer, and six crewmembers.
Horizon Shipbuilding is also building six 120 ft towboats for FMT, the first of the class scheduled for a February 2010 launch.
The M/V Dennis J. Pasentine is scheduled for delivery in January of 2010.