AUGUST 1, 2014 — Marcon International, Inc. of Coupeville, WA, has brokered the sale of the U.S. flag ocean-going twin screw tug Melvin E. Lemmerhirt to U.S. buyers on a private & confidential basis.
The 3,900 BHP tug was built in 1973 by Southern Shipbuilding of Slidell, LA, for Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. as one of the company's largest tugs.
Principal dimensions are 125.0 ft x 32.0 ft beam x 17.9 ft depth, an 18 ft loaded draft and a minimum air draft of 60 ft due to the upper pilothouse.
The vessel is powered by a pair of EMD 16-645E6 diesels developing a total of 3,900 BHP at 900 RPM and driving 4-bladed, fixed pitch, open wheels through Falk gears.
Towing gear consists of a Markey double drum TDSD-36 tow winch with 2.25 inch wire.
In 2004, Melvin E. Lemmerhirt completed a major seven-month long capital restoration project including replacement of over 71 tons of steel; major overhaul of the winch and main engines; new fendering, watertight doors and bitts; interior upgrade and complete sandblasting and coating.
The tug was drydocked in November 2013 with a 5 year ABS loadline renewal completed.
Marcon acted as sole broker in the transaction.
So far this year Marcon has concluded eighteen sales and charters with several additional deals pending.