Agri-Trans Corporation, a barging cooperative which transports grain and chemical fertilizer products on the inland waterways, recently christened a new 3,700- hp locking river towboat, the M/V Cooperative Venture. Mrs. Georgeanna Werner, wife of Melvin Werner,
Dravo S t e e l S h i p Corporation, Pine Bluff, Ark., recently delivered the M/V Boone to Cincinnati Gas and Electric Company for use at its East Bend Station, a coal and lime facility located on the Ohio River near Rabbit Hash, Ky. The Boone is a 60 by 22 by 7.
Maxon Marine Industries, Inc., Tell City, Ind., recently delivered the M/V Joe Al Jim II to J.L. Shiely Company, St. Paul, Minn. The towboat is 72 feet 6 inches by 19 feet by 7 feet 6 inches, and has an operating draft of 5 feet. It is equipped with two Caterpillar Model D353 T.
Riverway Shipyard Company of Grafton, 111., recently completed construction of the 910- bhp towboat Waterways Explorer (shown above) for River Operators, Inc. The new vessel will be used as a fleet boat and a shuttle boat in the Winona, Minn., area.
Dravo Corporation's Neville Island shipyard near Pittsburgh, Pa., recently launched its 40th Viking-class towboat, the Ned C. Sheats. The 5,600-hp towboat is the latest in the Viking line, which began in 1972 in response to the need for increased productivity in river transportation.
The M / V Exxon Lake Charles was delivered recently by Hillman Barge and Construction Company, Brownsville, Pa. 15417. This is the third of five such towboats being constructed by Hillman Barge for Exxon Company, U.S.A. The first two are the Exxon Louisville and the Exxon Memphis,
Mid-Coast Marine of Eastside, Ore., recently received a $l-million contract for construction of a 72-foot pusher type towboat for Rocafosforica Mexicana S.A. de C.V. The vessel will be delivered in September to the owner's o p e r a t i o n in Baja California, Mexico.