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October 19, 2009

U.S. Marshal auctions off Hannah Marine fleet

Shipbroker Marcon International reports that seven vessels and barges of the former Hannah Marine fleet have recently been delivered to new owners, after being sold by the U.S. Marshal to the highest bidders at an August 18 auction at the U.S. Courthouse in Chicago

All of the vessels and barges were located in Lemont and Chicago, Illinois at the time of the sale. The 13,388 bbl 147.5 ft x 54 ft double hull, inland black oil / asphalt box barges HMC-502, HMC-503 and HMC-504, which had not operated since early 2006, were sold to Mohawk Transportation of Houma, Louisiana, while the larger double-hull tank barges HMC 510, Hannah 2901, Hannah 3601 and Hannah 5101 were purchased back by the creditors and are offered for sale on a negotiated basis.

The Susan W. Hannah (ex-Kings Challenger, ex-IMT No.1, ex-Lady Elda), a 121.5 ft x 34.5 ft, 4,300 BHP articulated pusher tug with a Bludworth coupling system was bought at the auction by Port City Tug / Sand Products of Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. The twin screw Susan W. Hannah"= was built by Toche Boat Builders, Inc. of Ocean Springs, Mississippi and in 1994 repowered from Brons diesels with a pair of turbo-charged EMD 12-645E5s. The tug worked for St. Marys Cement on the Lakes prior to being laid up and sold at the auction.

Kindra Lake Towing of Chicago, Illinois purchased the 95 ft x 29 ft Donald C. Hannah, a 1962 built twin screw tug powered by a pair of EMD 12-567Cs for a total of 2,400 HP. Originally built by Main Iron Works of Houma, Louisiana and rebuilt in 1975, the tug is fitted with a retractable pilothouse with a 17 ft lift, a single push knee, barges winches and a tow winch and is a good fit with Kindra's existing fleet of three lake tugs and two river boats which have provided service on the Calumet River and Lake Michigan since 1992.

Warner Petroleum Corp. / Fuel Boat Holdings of Clare, Michigan bid on and was awarded the 980 BHP, 86 ft twin screw tug Hannah D. Hannah(ex-Betty Gale) which had been built in 1955 by Sturgeon Bay Shipbuilding. Tug was powered by a pair of Cummins KT-2300 diesels and fitted with a retractable pilothouse with a 10 ft lift. Warner presently owns and operates four terminal facilities for liquid commodities located in the Detroit area, Upstate Michigan and Southern Lake Michigan (Chicago). The company transports fuels and liquid asphalt commodities throughout the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence Seaway and Inland River system.

The 2,000 HP, 100 ft x 24 ft single screw tug Peggy D. Hannah (ex-William A. Whitney) which was built in 1920 by Whitney Bros. Co. of Wisconsin was bought by Calumet River Fleeting of Chicago. The Peggy is powered by a single 2,000HP Fairbanks Morse 38D8-1/8 diesel and fitted with two manual barge winches and a single drum tow winch.

Also purchased back by creditors and still available for negotiated sale were the 3,400HP AT/B tug James A. Hannah (ex-Muskegon, ex-LT-820) which is fitted with a JAK linkage system and the 1,640 BHP retractable pilothouse, inland river pushboat Daryl C. Hannah (ex-Katherine L).

There were no bids made for the 150 ft, 4,500 HP David E (AKA Kristen Lee Hannah and ex-Henry Foss, ex-LT-815). The tug remains available for sale.

The 3,200 BHP, Bludworth fitted AT/B tug Mark Hannah (ex-Challenger, ex-Gulf Challenger, ex-Lead Horse), built in 1969 by Burton Shipyard of Port Arthur, TX was sold by the U.S. Marshal at the Port of Oswego, New York on Wednesday 14, October. The 128 ft x 32 ft raised forecastle bow tug is powered by a pair of EMD 16-645C diesels, Western 4.68:1 gears and 4-blade 115 in x 91 in props.

The U.S. flag, 8,000 dwt double hull, ice strengthened, ocean tank barge Hannah 6301 was bought back by creditors and remains for sale.

Two auctions remain to be held. The 3,000 BHP twin screw tug Kay Lynne Hannah, AKA Rio Bravo (ex-Gus Candies) is to be sold by the U.S. Marshal in Mobile, Alabama on the U.S. District Courthouse steps on Wednesday 21,t October. This sale is expected to draw a lot of interest.

The U.S. Marshal's Sale for the 3,200HP pushboat Kristin Lee Hannah located in Vicksburg, Mississippi still remains to be scheduled.


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