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Horizon delivers third 80 ft towboat to FMT

Written by Nick Blenkey
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M/V Michael Akiu No. 86

JULY 13, 2015 — Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, has delivered another 80 ft inland river towboat, the M/V Michael Akiu No. 86, to Florida Marine Transporters. Inc. (FMT) of Mandeville, LA.

It is named for is an employee of FMT who played for the NFL’s Houston Oilers (now Tennessee Titans) as a wide receiver.

Horizon Shipbuilding has delivered several 140 ft and 120 ft inland river towboats over an eight year relationship with Florida Marine Transporters.

The 2,100 HP M/V Michael Akiu No 86 is used for intracoastal waterways and inland rivers operations.The towboat is powered by Caterpillar 3508C, rated 1,050 horsepower 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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