Eastern delivers 70th towboat in series to Florida Marine Transporters


The following is text of a news release from Eastern Shipbuilding Group:

(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Eastern Shipbuilding Group has announced the delivery of M/V Jaden Pasentine (Hull 200) on Nov. 19, the 70th 90-by-32-by-10-foot inland towboat built by Eastern for Florida Marine Transporters LLC of Mandeville, La.  M/V DPJ II (H 199) the 69th inland towboat in the series, was delivered in August.

It was in early 2018 when Florida Marine Transporters signed for four more towboats, bringing the total to 70 vessels contracted over the past 14 years. M/V Jaden Pasentine was constructed at Eastern’s Allanton Facility from a design furnished by Gilbert Associates Inc. of Boston, Mass.

This order for 90-foot inland towboats originally began at the International WorkBoat Show in December 2004. What followed was a 25-vessel contract with deliveries starting in February 2006.  It has expanded to become the largest single owner/single shipbuilder new construction program with the same class towboat design in United States history. This aggressive new construction program for 70 vessels has successfully been completed with on-time deliveries and consistently on budget.

M/V Jaden Pasentine is powered by two Caterpillar 3512C Tier 3 diesel engines rated at 1,500 hp at 1,600 rpm, provided by Louisiana CAT Power Systems of Reserve, La. The reduction gears are direct coupled Twin Disc Model MG-5600 with a 6.04:1 reduction supplied by Stewart Supply of Harvey, La.  

Electrical power is provided by two 99-kW John Deere 4045AFM85 Tier 3 generator sets rated for 60 Hz at 208 VAC, provided by Kennedy Engine Co. of Biloxi, Miss. These diesel engines comply with the current EPA Tier 3 control of emissions of nitrogen oxides from marine diesel engines.

By Professional Mariner Staff