SEAJON christens first ATB built in Erie since 1972

Written by Nick Blenkey

Boothe-Christening-2012SEAJON, LLC, a partnership between SEACOR Holdings Inc. and Donjon Marine Co., Inc., held an open house April 10 at the Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair facility in Port Erie, Pa., for news media and local dignitaries of the 34,000-ton capacity self-unloading articulated tug & barge (ATB) Ken Boothe, Sr. and Lakes Contender.

The tug Ken Boothe, Sr, is named for the former General Manager of Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair, LLC who passed away unexpectedly during the first year of operations, and was christened by his wife Ellen Boothe.

The ATB is the first of its kind to be built in Erie, Pennsylvania since 1972. Donjon reopened the yard in December 2009.

“We are so pleased to christen this state-of-the-art ATB here in Erie, and to share in the success with our partner SEACOR. This exciting chapter in our companies’ stories is one that we can all take pride in today and long into the future,” said J. Arnold Witte, President and CEO, Donjon Marine Co., Inc.

donjontugTug:  Ken Boothe,  Sr.
ABS  Great Lakes Load Line
Donjon  Shipbuilding and Repair
LOA  – 135′ 4″
Beam  – 50′
Depth  – 26′
Draft,  Design (DWL) – 18′
Speed  – 16 knots
Horsepower  – 10,700
GRT  – 1250
NRT  – 832
Connection  System – Hydraconn

Barge: Lakes Contender
ABS Great Lakes Load Line
Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair
LOA  – 740′
Beam  – 78′
Depth  – 45′
Draft,  Keel (DWL) – 27′ 6″
Cargo  – 33,892 LT
Unload  Rate – 6000 tons-per-hour (most common cargoes – iron ore [taconite pellets], coal and stone)

April 10, 2012

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