SEACOR & Donjon Christen Self-Unloading Articulated Tug/Barge Unit

By MarEx 2012-04-11 11:44:02

SEAJON, LLC, a partnership between SEACOR Holdings Inc. and Donjon Marine Co., Inc., held an Open House and Christening for the news media and local dignitaries of the 34,000-ton capacity Self-Unloading Articulated Tug & Barge (ATB) Ken Boothe, Sr. and Lakes Contender. This 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.

Ellen Boothe, wife of the vessel’s namesake Ken Boothe, Sr., former General Manager of Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair, LLC who passed away unexpectedly during the first year of operations, christens the Ken Boothe, Sr. at an event on April 10, 2012.


Tug 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

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)