Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc., Panama City, FL, recently delivered the third in a series of four 2,600 hp Canal Class inland towboats to Settoon Towing LLC, Pierre Part, LA.
Over the last few years, Eastern Shipbuilding has been one of the most diverse shipbuilders in the U.S., with orders for offshore support vessels, ferries, tugs and towboats. Over a five-year period, Eastern Shipbuilding has delivered 58 towboats.
The new towboat for Settoon, christened the James J. Perera, is a sister vessel to the Austin C. Settoon and Parker A. Settoon. Each vessel has a length of 96 ft, beam of 34 ft and depth of 10 ft. The main propulsion plant consists of two EPA Tier II-compliant, Caterpillar 3512C electronically controlled marine diesel engines, each rated at 1,300 hp at 1,200 rev/min, driving two Twin Disc MGX-5600 direct coupled reverse reduction gears.
Electric power is supplied by two EPA Tier II-compliant John Deere 6068AFM76, 99 kW electronic-governor diesel generators. Steering is accomplished with the installation of two main steering rudders and four flanking rudders, all controlled by an electro-hydraulic control system from Hydra Force, LLC, Belle Chase, LA.
SETTOON INVESTS IN FLEET
The fourth vessel in the series, the Amelia L. Settoon, is scheduled to be delivered in February 2012. The towboats are part of an extensive newbuild plan announced back in October 2010 by Settoon Towing, which included the addition of towboats built at Eastern Shipbuilding and Conrad Shipyard, Morgan City, LA, Verret Shipyard, Plaquemine, LA, and double-hull tank barges ordered at Conrad, Trinity Industries, Madisonville, LA, and Verret Shipyard.
January 1, 2012