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Towboat Honors Structural Engineer Dobson

Joe Gregory, owner of New Generation Ship- forward part of the main deck cabin with the aft bulding of Houma, La., reports that his ? rm’s lat- part or ? ddly providing storage over the main est delivery will join the La Porte Texas-based engines.

Martin Marine ? eet of 29 inland push boats The main engines are a pair of Cummins and 54 inland marine tank barges. Martin also QSK38-M each of which develop 1,000 hp at operates four offshore tug/barge units. The lat- 1,800 rpm. The engines are ? tted with Twin Disc est delivery, one of New Generation’s 75 X 30 MG5321 gears with 6.39:1 reduction turning

X 10-ft. pushboat, is the Rex Dobson. With an open stainless-steel ? ve-blade Kahlenberg 74- by operating draft of 8.5-ft. these towboats have a 53-in. propellers on seven-inch shafts. Each pro- 32-ft. eye level from the wheelhouse. The wheel- peller has two forward mounted ? anking rudders house has huge windows extending to the deck with a single steering rudder behind. The props level forward and a full walk around exterior and rudders are protected by stump-jumpers fab- deck extension. The elevation is gained by hav- ricated from six-inch square half-inch tubing.

ing the wheelhouse sit atop three lower decks. Main deck equipment includes two 40-ton elec-

These contain ? ve crew cabins providing ac- tric winches mounted forward. Auxiliary power commodation for up to seven crewmembers. A is provided by a pair of Cummins 6BTA5.9- liter well-appointed galley, with granite counter tops, powered 85 kW generators.

and mess, with a large ? at-screen TV, occupy the By Alan Haig-Brown

At the commissioning, left to right: Jason Adams, Owner Raymond Louviere Field Foreman;

Donald Baudoin, shipyard superintendent; Rex Dobson, shipyard structural superintendent; and

Bart Foret, Field Foreman (Photo: New Generation Shipbuilding) 54 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News • OCTOBER 2015

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