Belle Chasse, La., shipbuilder C&C Marine and Repair has delivered the M/V Brooks M. Hamilton to Maritime Partners LLC, Metairie, La. The vessel is second in a series of 15 towboats that the shipyard is building for the customer.
The 2,600 hp., 84- by 34-foot towboat was designed by Kenner, La.-based Entech Design LLC, with the 3D modeling and production drawings being carried out by C&C Marine and Repair’s in-house engineering department.
The vessel is powered by two Cummins QSK38-M1 main engines, provided by Cummins Mid-South, that are paired to two Reintjes WAF 665 reduction gears, provided by Karl Senner, LLC. The vessel’s steering system hydraulic power unit was provided by Rio Marine and Hydraulic.
The towboat provides a total of six beds. A soft-core joiner system, from Marine Interior Systems, is installed in the accommodation spaces for added comfort and fire safety.
“We have been really impressed by the quality and speed at which C&C Marine has been able to build these vessels,” says Austin Sperry, Chief Operating Officer of Maritime Partners.
C&C Marine and Repair says that the vessel’s accelerated delivery was a result of its focus on innovative production methods. The use of a Lincoln Electric/Ogden welding panel line assembly seam welder and automatic dart welder allow for the fabrication of panels up to 40 by 100 feet. A Vernon Tool Company computerized pipe cutting machine allows various size pipe diameters and length to be pre-cut prior to assembly to avoid adjustments and cutting in the field. The yard’s 50-ton overhead gantry cranes improve efficiency and increases production throughout the building process.
C&C Marine and Repair performs all new construction work within the controlled environment of one of its five enclosed production bays, eliminating delays due to weather.
C&C Marine and Repair’s in-house engineering department works closely with the customer throughout the design and construction of the vessel to ensure that any issues are resolved immediately and that the effect on the production schedule is negligible. The in-house engineering department is in constant communication with the production managers to ensure that every vessel adheres to the 3D model and vessel specifications.
“The in-house engineering department was in constant communication with my project manager to make sure that the vessel met our specifications,” said Sperry. This relationship between engineering and production is essential for the seamless transition between design and vessel completion.
C&C Marine’s owner, Tony Cibilich said, “We take production deadlines very seriously at C&C Marine and Repair. We understand the economic incentive for everyone involved to produce these vessels in a timely manner, while maintaining the highest quality of construction.”