On a chilly February day, members of McGinnis Inc.’s Sheridan Shipyard located in South Point, Ohio, at Mile 320.4 on the Ohio River gathered with members of the Harper family to celebrate the christening of the 70-foot towboat M/V Dwain Harper.
McGinnis Inc. has provided marine transportation equipment and repair services to the U.S. inland river market for more than a century, with five locations along the Ohio River. The company continues to provide new construction opportunities to the maritime industry.
The keel for the Dwain Harper, named for McGinnis’ longtime Sheridan Shipyard manager in South Point, was laid in April 2020. The vessel was completed at Sheridan Shipyard in December.
Senior Project Manager Rob Lynch told us that the 1,600 hp. towboat is powered by a pair of Mitsubishi S6R2 Tier 3 engines producing 803 hp. @ 1,400 rpm and driving 68- by 54-inch propellers from Michigan Wheel via Twin Disc MG5321 reduction gears supplied by Great Lakes power.
John Deere supplied the 95 kW gensets.
The vessel features a retractable pilothouse, custom designed by McGinnis.
Frequent Marine Log conference speaker Joshua Sebastian, engineering manager for The Shearer Group Inc. (TSGI), designed the towboat.
McGinnis Inc. has reentered the new towboat construction market to offer over 100 years of marine repair experience to produce Subchapter M compliant vessels with an emphasis on reducing dock maintenance costs through design.
“It has been a pleasure to honor Dwain Harper and his 40-plus years of service to our family owned company,” says Lynch.