Blackhawk Fleet, Inc. operates towboats and barges along the Mississippi River out of Davenport Iowa. The city, on the Mississippi River 300-miles up river from St. Louis, has long been a maritime center. When 84-year old Capt. David Tipton died at the wheel of his snag-pulling steamboat in 1904 he was buried here. To honor the Mark Twain contemporary, his crew hauled an anchor from the river to mark his grave site. His vessel, the Col. A. Mackenzie was renamed the David Tipton. Tipton's death was declared the end of an era, but it hardly marked the end of riverboat work around Davenport. Today,Blackhawk's eight boats and 35 barges have a variety of capabilities including crane, deck and sand barges. General Manager Vaughn McDaniel explains that the company aims for maximum versatility with seven of the eight boats, all built in Houston Texas, as virtually identical. To this end, Blackhawk has been carrying out a repower program since 1995 to standardize on Cummins engines. Each winter since 1995, they have installed a pair of 500 hp KTA19 engines in one of their 60 by 22-ft. vessels. This winter, they are installing the new engines in their push boat Lauren. As with the two most recent vessels the Cummins engines in the "Lauren" turn 62 x 46-in. propellers through Tonanco model TM939 5.9:1 gears supplied by Lake Charles Diesel. "It is three years since we put in the first Tonanco gears and they haven't given us any trouble," explained McDaniel
Cummins Marine has elected Leo Schertz as North American commercial sales manager. A 12-year veteran of Cummins Engine Co., Schertz previously held assignments in engineering, customer quality and customer engineering at the company's headquarters in Columbus, Ind. and regional office in Singapore. He will be responsible for supporting the North American commercial markets including workboats, fishing vessels, transportation and oil field support.
In addition to delivering Laurie Tide on schedule, Seacraft Shipyard also surpassed all contractual vessel performance requirements. Christened by her namesake, Mrs. Laurie Kirzner, the vessel holds a top speed of 30 knots, a normal operating speed of 28.5 knots and a contract loaded speed of 27.5 knots; Laurie Tide is the fastest 115 ft. class, propeller driven mono hull, oilfield crew boat ever built, says the company.
Catherwood Towing operates a fleet of tugs on the Fraser River in British Columbia, Canada. Owner Ernie Catherwood has built the fleet over the years and has recently been repowering with Cummins engines. In the spring of 2009 Ernie Catherwood took delivery of his first new-build with Cummins KTA19 main engines from Sylte Shipyard Ltd. The Sea Imp IX is 53.6 ft overall with a hefty 22 ft beam and a 9.75 ft draft. As were several of the boats already in the fleet
Cummins Inc., a leading manufacturer of diesel engines for the commercial marine industry, is pleased to announce its U.S. EPA Tier 3 marine product solutions. Improving on the existing EPA Tier 2-certified product line, the company is developing a full range of Tier 3 products from 6.7 to 60 liters and 150 to 2700 HP. Cummins Tier 3 solutions apply advanced combustion technology to reduce emissions in-cylinder without the need for aftertreatment
Sarawak Slipways have recently launched an aluminum crew boat. Built to a design by Singapore-based Naval Consult Pte. Ltd., the 38 by 7.85-meter vessel has a molded draught of 1.75 meters. With seating for 50 personnel and accommodation for a crew of eight, the vessel is powered by three Cummins engines turning fixed-pitch propellers. The port and starboard engines are Cummins KTA38M2 models delivering 1350 HP at 1900 RPM to five-blade propellers with 1050-centimeter diameters
It takes about ten and a half months to complete a 155-ft. supply boat at C&G Boatworks in Bayou LaBatre. So the boat that Janson Graham of Graham Gulf, had started this past July, should deliver some time next April or May. Sea trials for the new vessel will attract some attention, since it is a sister to boats delivered this past spring, but it will have different power. The earlier boats were powered by four 1575 HP engines for a total of 6300 HP
Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) has upgraded the QSK60 marine engine for propulsion and auxiliary applications to meet U.S. EPA Tier 2 and European Union Stage IIIA emissions regulations. With propulsion ratings from 1492 - 1864 kW (2100 - 2500 bhp) and auxiliary ratings from 1563 - 1900 kW (2095 - 2547 bhp), the QSK60 Tier 2 is ideally suited for high-hour demanding applications such as offshore support, towing, cargo and passenger transport, as well as ship’s service power.
Hyundai Heavy Industries & Cummins announce a J/V to build mid-range engines in Korea. The engines will extend from 150 hp to 300 hp (112-224 kW) output for application in a wide range of Hyundai construction and industrial equipment. The launch of the Hyundai Cummins Engine Company (HCEC) joint venture took place in Ulsan, Korea, with a ceremonial co-signing of the agreement by Byeong-Ku Choe, Chief Operating Officer and President – Hyundai Construction Equipment Division
Sterndrive specialist Konrad Marine formally entered a partnership with diesel engine manufacturer Cummins Marine to jointly offer a complete propulsion package to the commercial, military and recreational maritime markets, a partnershipo announced October 9 at the Workboat Show in New Orleans. The package combines Cummins’ new QSB 6.7L diesel engines (230-425 hp)and Konrad Series 600 sterndrives to present a full propulsion offering, ultimately providing customers with a simplified
Marine waterjet manufacturer NAMJet says it has been contracted to provide propulsion systems for Birdon America's US Army Bridge Erection Boat (BEB) 400-boat replacement platform. At the same time NAMJet announces its manufacturing and operational HQ has moved to Denver, Colorado.
The yard recently delivered a Cummins powered 75 by 28-foot model bow tug to Morgan City-based Garber Bros. Inc. and Sea Cypress LLC for Gulf of Mexico operations, inform Cummins Hotips. Cummins explain that over the years, Rodriguez Shipbuilding Inc
Harley Marine NY, a subsidiary of Harley Marine Services, took delivery of the river style push-boat, HMS Justice, from Conrad Shipyard of Morgan City, Louisiana. HMS Justice is the fifth vessel in this class and joins the New York fleet of two tugboats and four double hull petroleum barges
Long acknowledged as a firm to watch in U.S. crewboat and fast supply boat innovation, Seacor Marine will be attracting industry attention once again when its latest set of new boats begin delivery in 2014. While this new class of mono-hull boats have some big dimensions
Konrad Marine announce that they have formalized a relationship with Cummins Marine, jointly creating a propulsion "package" which is now available for the marine marketplace worldwide. The package, announced at the current 2013 International Workboat Show
Monico Monitoring, Inc., a company in the industrial monitoring and control solutions market, formed a strategic alliance with CMR Group, a manufacturer of industrial engine controls, wiring harnesses and electrical management systems. The move will see the companies working closer together on
The maritime community in the United States has watched with interest as Harley Marine Services has expanded from the West Coast to the East and Gulf Coasts and now the Inland Waterways. As with other expansions, carried out by Chairman and CEO Harley Franco, this one
Kvichak Marine Industries, Inc. was recently awarded a contract by Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation (NSEDC) to build an all-aluminum 66’ Shallow Draft Tender to be used for multiple fisheries in and around Norton Sound, Ak.
Cummins Power Generation launched two new diesel G-drive engines from 240-433 horsepower that are certified to meet EPA Tier 4 Final emissions regulations for nitrogen oxides (NOx) and particulate matter (PM or soot) without the use of a Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF)
Cummins Northwest says it has strengthened its marine presence and expertise recently by adding two new professional to its marine organization as follows: Geoff Conrad – Marine Director at Cummins Northwest informs that Mike Fourtner has joined as the newest member of the sales team
The latest Cummins-powered Offshore Service Vessel (OSV) delivery from Houma, Louisiana-based New Generation Shipbuilding is representative of the 'New Generation' in supply vessel design. According to Cummins Hotips, the distinctive bow and fo'csle profile on the 171 by 36-foot Mr
Cummins Inc. has named Jim Schacht General Manager for the Commercial Marine Business. Working in close cooperation with the Cummins distributor network, Schacht will be responsible for all commercial marine business activities for the Engine Business Unit (EBU) globally
Incat Crowther announced the first deliveries of a 10-boat order for 42m Infield Utility Vessels to Brunei’s PTAS Marine. Developed in conjunction with builder Strategic Marine, the project called upon Incat Crowther’s track record in steel crew boats to meet strict performance criteria
Cummins Inc. inform it has named Jim Schacht General Manager for the Commercial Marine Business. Working in close cooperation with the Cummins distributor network, Schacht will be responsible for all commercial marine business activities for the Engine Business Unit (EBU) globally
Images of the Bravante courtesy of Eastern Shipbuilding, the genet on truck is courtesy of Cummins Mid-South Long reserved for specialized applications such as icebreakers, diesel electric has enjoyed a rapid growth for marine propulsion in the past decade