Conrad Shipyard provides 6,000 hp Canal Barge towboat


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H. Merritt “Heavy” Lane,Jr

Morgan City, La., headquartered Conrad Shipyard has actually supplied the 6,000-horsepower towboat H. Merritt “Heavy” Lane,Jr to Canal Barge Company,Inc (CBC) of New Orleans.

Built at Conrad’s Amelia, La., shipyard, the Subchapter M-compliant vessel procedures 166 feet x 49 feet x 12 feet and also is powered by EPA Tier IV-compliant EMD engines. It is outfitted with a 2 straight countered Reintjes WAF 4545 reverse decrease transmissions, with inner hydraulic multi-disc shaft brakes, electrical standby pumps, and also Vulkan Torsional Couplings, given by Karl Senner, LLC.

The H.Merritt “Heavy” Lane Jr is based upon a time-proven layout idea that has actually been boosted to modern-day requirements via innovative design evaluation.

Efficient procedure and also focus to team holiday accommodations and also sound decrease were extremely important in the layout procedure.

Designed by Naval Architects MiNO Marine of New Orleans, the vessel has a distinct hull type to guarantee appropriate water circulation to the props in all operating problems. The layout enables the transfer of complete power via the props, decreasing prop resonances moved to the hull as a result of unstable water circulation. The layout minimizes the capacity for flow-induced resonance, making certain higher team convenience and also decreased sound.

Crew convenience was taken into consideration throughout all stages of the layout procedure and also appears in the ended up item. The superstructure is separated right into 2 areas, one drifting and also one taken care of. All living holiday accommodations lie in the drifting area which rests atop air bellow resonance isolators made to decrease sound and also resonance transmission from the operating equipment.

“The floating house, along with strict attention to detail related to the installation of the joiner system, has resulted in a vessel that is extremely quiet and comfortable for the crew during all operating ranges,” stated Mike Stone of Canal Barge Company.

“It’s always gratifying to deliver another new vessel to a long-term and valued customer,” stated Conrad Shipyard Chairman and also Chief Executive OfficerJohnny Conrad “The craftsmanship that went into the design and construction of this modern towboat is a testament to our shipbuilding team and their unwavering commitment to quality in every detail. We value Canal Barge as a longstanding customer and are grateful for their continued confidence in Conrad Shipyard.”

“We are excited to bring online this new state-of-the-art towing vessel, which is the first 6,000 HP EMD of its kind on the inland waterways,” stated H. Merritt Lane, III, President and also Chief Executive Officer ofCanal Barge Company “CBC has always understood the importance of long-term relationships, including with our vendors. We are pleased with the partnerships we have built and fostered throughout this project, and Conrad Shipyard’s workmanship, in particular, has been extraordinary. The Heavy Lane will clearly be the flagship of our growing towboat fleet.”

Conrad Shipyard provides 6,000 hp Canal Barge towboat
Reintjes WAF 4545 straight countered reverse decrease transmission behind EMD 12ME23B Tier 4 diesel motor

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