Metairie, La., based Maritime Partners LLC has added another vessel to its fleet of over 550 vessels. The company recently held a christening ceremony for the second of two 78- by 34-foot towboats built for it by Eymard Marine Construction. Designed by Kenner, La., based Entech Designs, the boat is named M/V Kyle Smith for New Orleans marine surveyor Kyle Smith.
With a design draft of 7 feet, 9 inches and a pilothouse eye level of 33.5 feet, the 2,000 hp. vessel is powered by twin Caterpillar C42 main engines from Louisiana CAT, driving 76-inch by 66-inch Hung Shen propellers via 7.091:1 ratio Reintjes WAF 572L reduction gears supplied by Karl Senner Inc.
The towboat features Duramax Durablue bearings and DuraCooler keel coolers from Donovan Marine, which also supplied its Seahorse wastewater treatment system, 40-ton Patterson deck winches, capstans and kevels.