Shearer Group helps modify environmental nonprofit's towboat


(HOUSTON) — The Shearer Group Inc. (TSGI) was contracted in 2017 by Living Lands & Waters (LL&W), an environmental nonprofit organization, to provide design and engineering services for modifications to a 38-foot towboat, M/V River Cleanup.

The president of LL&W, Chad Pregracke, approached TSGI about reducing the length of M/V River Cleanup to 26 feet. TSGI performed an as-built survey of the towboat to assess its current condition and develop as-built drawings. TSGI analyzed the strength and stability of the vessel and designed modifications to reduce the length of the vessel to 26 feet. The construction modifications were recently completed by Yager Marine in Owensboro, Ky., and M/V River Cleanup was delivered back to LL&W. TSGI donated a portion of its time to LL&W for the design modifications.

TSGI is a global leader for design of inland towboats, ferries and barges. It provides naval architecture, marine engineering and marine surveying services to the marine industry, with a focus on the inland sector. For more information, visit

By Professional Mariner Staff