Horizon delivers second 80 ft towboat to FMT

Written by Nick Blenkey
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M/V Chip Stiebing

APRIL 27, 2015 — Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, recently delivered the M/V Chip Stiebing to Florida Marine Transporters of Mandeville, LA.

The 80 ft inland river towboat is the second in a three vessel contract with FMT and Mike Sims, the Project Manager for the construction of the Chip Stiebing, has now delivered two of the three 80 ft x 33 ft x 10 ft 6 in, twin propeller, vessels on-time.

Horizon Shipbuilding has previously delivered several 140 ft and 120 ft towboats during an eight year relationship with FMT.

The contract for three 80 ft towboats was awarded to Horizon in 2013.

Horizon says it “would like to acknowledge the work and commitment for the design of the vessels to Jeff Brumfield and Rusty Zeller of FMT, John Gilbert & Associates and Horizon’s design team.”

The 2,100 hp M/V Chip Stiebing is used for intracoastal waterways and inland rivers operations and is powered by twin Caterpillar 3508C diesel engines, rated at 1,050 hp at 1,600 rpm diesel engines. The reduction gears are Twin Disc MG 540 reduction gears.

Three John Deere 4045 99 kW, 208 Volt AC, 60 Hz, diesel generators are installed for electrical power.

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