The following is the text of a news release from Master Marine Inc.:
(BAYOU LA BATRE, Ala.) — Marquette Transportation Co. has taken delivery of a new 2,000-hp z-drive towboat from Master Marine Inc. The 78-by-34-by-11-foot St. Simon was designed by Entech Designs for Marquette’s river division, based in Paducah, Ky.
Master Marine is continuing to build z-drive towboats, with one more underway for Marquette with an increased crew capacity of nine in five staterooms with three and a half bathrooms. The steel-hulled St. Simon is powered by a pair of Thompson Power Systems Caterpillar C32 Tier 3 engines producing 1,000 hp at 1,800 rpm connected to ZF Marine z-drives with 65-inch four-blade propellers in nozzles. The package gives the boat a running speed of 10 knots with a loaded draft of 8 feet. For ship’s service power, the towboat is outfitted with a pair of Kennedy Engine John Deere 4045AFM85 Tier 3 engines each driving an 80-kW Marathon Mariner generator.
Cooling for all engines and z-drives was provided by Eastpark Radiator Duraweld coolers. Doors and windows were provided by Dales Welding & Fabrication LLC. Rubber bumper systems were provided by Schuyler Cos. The electronics were supplied by New World Electronics and Rio Marine supplied the alarms and monitoring systems. To secure barge tows, there is a pair of Patterson 40-ton deck winches supplied by Donavan Marine.
St. Simon has tankage for 24,000 gallons of fuel, 6,550 gallons of potable water and 17,560 gallons of ballast water.