Cummins Hotips#730                        May 2014

The Erin C Grenon on the Mississippi River.

Over the past decade Blessey Marine has taken delivery of a large number of Cummins-powered pushboats for their inland fleet. The vessels are sized to share a common versatility with the draft and horsepower to work both the shallower waters of the Intracoastal Waterway and power for the big flows of the Mississippi River. A look at the company equipment list (http://www.blessey.com/Equipment/Vessels/EquipmentList.pdf ) shows a number of vessels with either 1700 or 2000 horsepower. The lower HP boats are 76 feet long while the higher HP boats are 80 to 88 feet long.

The starboard side Cummins K38-M engine on the new Blessey towboat.

Both sets of vessels are fitted with a pair of the popular K38M main engines. The 76-footers each have the engines with an 850-HP rating while the larger hulls have the 1000-HP rating. This May saw the addition of the Erin C Grenon, one more of the 1700-HP class delivered to Blessey from the Raymond & Assoc. (LaForce) yard in Bayou LaBatre, Alabama under hull #479. Two 850-HP K38M engines power the new towboat and turn up to 1800 RPM to Reintjes WAF474 marine gears with 7.09:1 reduction. The boat is also fitted with a pair of Cummins QSB7DM-powered 85 kW generators sets.

The attached photos are by Jeff L. Yates courtesy of Cummins Marine.

For further information:

 

LARRY E NEFF

MARINE TERRITORY SALES MANAGER

CUMMINS MID SOUTH,LLC

1924 EAST I-65 SERVICE ROAD NORTH

MOBILE,AL36617

251-706-2754 OFFICE

251-895-1589 CELL

 

Additional interior and exterior photos are available at cost from:

 

Jeff L. Yates

Paducah, Kentucky

Phone: 270 550 5099

E-mail: jyates34@comcast.net

Web: http://www.towboatphotography.com/

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