June 24, 2013—Campbell Transportation Co, Inc., Pittsburgh, PA, will christen two new 65 ft towboats for its fleet and a 150 ft drydock for its shipyard in ceremonies tomorrow.
The 150 ft x 75 ft drydock, 65 ft between wingwalls, was partially built with a small shipyard grant from the U.S Maritime Administration (MarAd) and constructed at the Campbell Transportation shipyard in Congo, WV.
The M/V Renee Lynn is one of two 65 ft long towboats built by Campbell Transportation Co, Inc., for its own fleet
The two 65 ft x 24 ft x 8 ft towboats were built at the Campbell shipyard in Dunlevy, PA. One of the towboats, the M/V Renee Lynn, has two Caterpillar C-18 Series engines, rated at 1,200 hp, with Twin Disc reduction gearing and two 54 in x 49.5 in pitch, four-bladed propellers. The towboat has four flanking and two steering rudders, with two Patterson, 20-ton low profile winches. The other towboat, the M/V Alice Jean, has two Cummins QSK-19 series engines, rated at 1,320 hp, with Twin Disc reduction gearing and 58 in x 46 in pitch, four-bladed propellers. It also has four flanking and two steering rudders and two Patterson 20-ton low profile winches.
Both towboats also benefited indirectly from stimulus money provided through MarAd in 2009 for new industrial fabrication. Representatives from MarAd will christen the dry dock and a number of representatives of Pennsylvania and West Virginia’s elected federal officials will attend the christening ceremony.
Both towboats were built to comply with new U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter M inspection regulations. The towboats will be officially named after the wife and the mother of two long-term employees of Campbell Transportation; Renee Lynn Grizzel, wife of Steve Grizzel, Director of Human Resources, and Alice Jean Corigliano, mother of Ron Corigliano, Director of Regulatory Compliance.
“We are pleased and proud to name both these towboats after family members of two such dedicated and hardworking members of our Campbell Transportation family,” said Chairman & CEO Peter Stephaich. “We think it is a fitting tribute to their years of service that these workboats will service the Pittsburgh region and beyond for many years to come, pushing cargoes like coal to help fuel the utilities and businesses on which our economy depends, and creating jobs.”
Campbell Transportation moves 20 tons of dry bulk and liquid cargo annually and has a fleet of 330 jumbo barges, 170 stumbo barges and 37 towboats and harbor vessels, with operations on the Ohio, Kanawha, Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers.