^Towboat on the Mississippi River
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New 2,000-hp towboat was inaugurated by Blessey Marine Services Inc. on the New Orleans riverfront on Jan. 6. New Generation Shipbuilding LLC, Houma, La. was built the 88’x35’x10’8″ Ray “Chief” Toney and was transported to Harahan, La.-based Blessey on Dec. 18.
The new towboat will be powered by a pair of Cummins K38M engines that produce 1,000 hp each at 1,800 rpm. The engines turn a pair of Kahlenberg 74″x58″ stainless steel 4-bladed propellers through Karl Senner-supplied Reintjes WAF 562 gears with 6.1:1 ratios. Two Cummins 6BTA-5.9 85-kW generators offer service power. On deck is a pair of Patterson electric 40-ton winches. Gulf Coast Air & Hydraulics supplied the dual electro-hydraulic FFU/NFU steering system.
The ancillary equipment consist of a Blue Box digital marine voyage recording system, two 500-watt Carlisle & Finch remote control xenon spotlights, and fire detection and CO2 systems from Hiller Companies.
The said delivery of the Ray Chief Toney offers Blessey a fleet of 82 towboats. Three more towboats are schedules by the company to take delivery by late summer, a 1,350 hp and 2,000 hp from Verret Shipyard, and a 2,000-hp sistership to the Toney from New Generation. Toney will be operating on the Mississippi River and the GIWW.