A new inland push boat gets to work for Plimsoll Marine


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Green Wave will operate in Cooper Consolidated’s short-lived footprint on the lower Mississippi,

Recently delivered by the Blakely BoatWorks shipyard in Mobile, Ala., to Plimsoll Marine, the M/V green wave is a Subchapter M compliant inland pusher boat that will operate in Cooper Consolidated’s pop-up footprint, the largest pop-up footprint on the lower Mississippi.

Blakely BoatWorks, Plimsoll Marine and Cooper Consolidated are all members of the Cooper group of companies.

“Our team is proud to participate in the construction of the green wave,said Swathin Kannalath, Managing Director of Blakeley BoatWorks. “Our customers expect their new vessels to meet the highest levels of compliance in the industry and we have certainly met those high expectations with the delivery of green wave.”

“We are proud of the work done by Blakeley BoatWorks and have high expectations for the green wave as it enters service with the Plimsoll fleet,” said Karl Gonzales, Vice President of Plimsoll Marine. “Our customers and employees now have the added satisfaction, pride and peace of mind knowing that our fleet is home to one of the safest and best performing vessels in the industry.”

Designed by Farrell and Norton, the 70ft by 28ft tug is powered by two 800hp Caterpillar C32 Tier 3 diesel engines driving a pair of 70-inch Southeastern Propeller four-blade stainless steel propellers via two Twin Disc gears MGX5222 and providing thrust through two J&S Machine Works Inc. 7 inch grade two ABS propeller shafts with Thordon shaft bearings, Thordon rudder bearings and Kemel shaft seals.

Power is provided by two Caterpillar C4.4 Tier 3 generator sets.

HydraForce LLC supplied the steering system for the vessel’s two 7-inch main rudders and four 7-inch side rudders and also supplied a pair of Quincy reciprocating air compressors, with fans supplied by Donovan Marine.

Schuyler Maritime LLC supplied various sizes of rubber fenders around the perimeter of the vessel and the thrust knees.

Stone Construction supplied a Mitsubishi split-duct HVAC system throughout all interior spaces, with Blakeley BoatWorks supplying all custom interior millwork and finishes.

Bozant supplied rubber framed windows and Donovan Marine supplied a pair of Patterson 40 ton deck winches. Blakeley BoatWorks installed all the electronics, communications and an alarm system.

The tug has a capacity of 22,000 gallons of fuel, 5,200 gallons of fresh water.

The vessel is equipped with four crew cabins, housing seven crew members, three bathrooms and a full galley.

The push boat was built by Blakeley BoatWorks over the course of a year.
Categories: Inland, News, Shipbuilding, Shipyard News
Key words: Blakely BoatWorks, Caterpillar Motors, Cooper Consolidated, Green Wave, inboard push boat, inland river, Mississippi River, Plimsoll Marine, push boat, shipbuilding, shipyard, Thordon Bearings, tug
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