OCTOBER 12, 2016 — Master Marine, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, recently delivered a new Z-drive towboat, the steel-hulled St. Simon, to Marquette Transportation Co.'s River Division, based in Paducah, KY
Designed by Entech Designs, Kenner, LA, the 78'x 34'x11' St. Simon is powered by a pair of Thompson Power Systems Caterpillar C32 Tier 3 engines, each delivering 1,000-hp at 1,800 rpm, connected to ZF Marine ZF AT 5111WM-FP Z-drives with 1,650 mm (65") four-bladed propellers in nozzles.
The package gives the boat a running speed of 10 knots with a loaded draft of 8'.
For ship's service power the towboat is outfitted with a pair of Kennedy Engine John Deere 4045AFM85 Tier 3 generator drive engines each driving an 80-kW Marathon Mariner generators.
Cooling for all engines and Z-drives is provided by Eastpark Radiator Duraweld coolers.
Doors and windows were provided by Dales Welding & Fabrication, LLC; rubber bumper systems by Schuyler Companies; the electronics by New World Electronics and the alarms and monitoring systems by Rio Marine supplied.
Barge tows are provided by pair of Patterson 40-ton deck winches supplied by Donavan Marine.
The St. Simon has tankage for 24,000 gallons of fuel; 6,550 gallons of potable water; and 17,560 gallons of ballast water.
Master Marine is continuing to build Z-drive towboats, including one more under construction in the shipyard for Marquette with an increased crew capacity of nine in five staterooms with 3 ½ bathrooms.