Master Marine Signs for Six New Towboats

Towboats under construction at Master Marine, 2016 (file image courtesy Master Marine)

Published Nov 9, 2018 8:01 PM by The Maritime Executive

Master Marine, Inc. has signed a contract for six towboats, and has already laid the keels for the first two vessels. All six will be 67’ x 28’ Entech Designs, LLC Sub. M compliant towboats. The first two will be working for Osage Marine Services, Inc. of St. Louis, Missouri, with the rest operating in the lower Mississippi River system for an undisclosed customer.

We are very happy to be teaming up with these companies to provide them and their customers the latest towboats and equipment available, along with meeting Subchapter M requirements. The first two vessels will be delivered and placed into service by the summer of 2019 with the additional four vessels to follow in close succession.

Each boat will be powered by a pair of Laborde Products S6R2-Y3MPTAW Mitsubishi 803 HP Tier III diesel marine engines coupled to Twin Disc 5321 gears. Laborde Products, Inc. is also providing electrical power with two Northern Lights M65C13.2S 65KW Tier III electronic controlled generators with RW Fernstrum, Inc. keel coolers throughout.

A pair of Sound Propeller Services, Inc. 70” X 48” X 7” 4-blade stainless steel propellers will provide thrust through two J & S Machine Works Inc. 7” ABS Grade 2 propeller shafts with all Thordon Marine Industries Corporation bearings, Thorplas bushings and shaft seals. Custom Hydraulic Components, Inc. will be supplying the steering system for the two 7” main and four 7” flanking rudders.

Gulf Coast Air & Hydraulics Inc. will provide a pair of Quincy F325 reciprocating air compressors and ventilation fans. Schuyler Maritime, LLC will provide all 11” x 18” rubber fendering around the entire perimeter of the vessel and push knees. R.S. Price & Son, Inc. will provide a Mitsubishi mini-split heat pump HVAC system in all interior spaces with Blakeney Marine providing all custom woodwork and interior finishes. Donavon Marine will provide the large aluminum Diamond SeaGlaze windows, and Dales Welding and Fabricators, LLC will supply the aluminum exterior doors. Dickson Marine Supply is to provide a pair of Wintech 40-ton deck winches and New World, Inc. will provide all of the electronics and communications. Unlimited Control & Supply, Inc. will supply the alarm system.

The boats will have capacity for 10,400 gallons of fuel, 4359 gallons of potable water and 9500 gallons of ballast water, along with a maximum 7’-9” working draft. They will have three crew staterooms, 1 ½ baths and a full galley arrangement.

The products and services herein described in this press release are not endorsed by The Maritime Executive.