The Rock Island Engineer District was today set to hold a christening ceremony in Quincy, Ill., for the M/V Quincy.
Originally built in 2008 and operated by the Louisville Engineer District as the M/V Gordon M. Stevens, it previously served as part of the construction fleet for the Olmstead Lock and Dam.
Now, as the M/V Quincy, the vessel has joined the Mississippi River Structures Maintenance fleet located at the Mississippi River Project Office in Pleasant Valley, Iowa. It serves as the primary towing vessel for the fleet’s new Quad Cities crane barge.
Built by Orange Shipbuilding, Orange, Texas, at a price just under $5 million, the vessel is 124 feet long by 34 feet wide and is powered by two 1,500 horsepower engines. Onboard accommodations include seven state rooms, which can accommodate up to 10 crew members, and a full galley.
The Mississippi River Project Office and its Mississippi River Structures Maintenance Fleet, which includes six vessels, maintains the infrastructure of the navigation system on 314 miles of the Upper Mississippi River from Guttenberg, Iowa, to Saverton, Mo.