Corps of Engineers takes delivery of towboat from Horizon Shipbuilding

Written by Nick Blenkey

General Irwin Shipbuilding, Inc. of Bayou La Batre, Alabama has delivered the M/V General Irwin, a 58 ft x 22 ft x 4 ft 10 in inland river towboat to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Eufaula, Alabama.

The General Irwin is equipped with two steering rudders and four flanking rudders, and is powered by two Caterpillar diesel engines providing 770 HP to its 48 in propellers. The vessel’s hull speed when towing is 4 knots, and full speed is 8 knots.

The vessel was christened March 30 at Eufaula during a ceremony featuring Army Corps of Engineers leadership, members of the greater Eufaula civilian community, and two descendants of General Irwin, for whom the vessel was named.

Also attending the ceremony, from Horizon, were Travis Short, President, and John Carnley, who served as the Project Manager on the build.

The vessel will be used by the Corps for operations and maintenance activities on the ACF Rivers Project.

April 11, 2012

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