Master Marine delivers Z-drive towboat to Marquette

Written by Nick Blenkey
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St. Simon

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.

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