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  • 2016 August 19 12:21

    Eastern Shipbuilding launches towboat for IWL River, Inc.

    Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the launch of the IMPALA PUERTO SALGAR (HULL #244) on August 2, 2016. This is the second in a series of four (4) Inland River Towboats for IWL River, Inc. This series of CT Marine designed 134 ft. ABS Classed Inland River Service towboats are Triple Screw with a Retractable Pilothouse and all are currently under construction at Eastern’s Allanton facility. The vessel deliveries are scheduled to start in late 2016 and continue into 2017, the Group said in a press release.

    The launch was hosted by Eastern's Project Manager Joe Stark. Also in attendance was IWL River, Inc.'s Owner's Representative, Ed Maxwell of Dufour, Laskey & Strouse, Inc. Both Mr. Stark and Mr. Maxwell praised the hard work and dedication of the employees. The IMPALA PUERTO
    SALGAR was blessed by Father Kevin McQuone, of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church of Panama City, and christened by Eastern’s own, Kelley Rogers who has been a member of Eastern’s Purchasing Department for 7 years.

    Ship's characteristics:
    Length (LOA): 134’-0”
    Breadth: 42’-0”
    Depth: 9’-0”
    Minimal Operational Draft: 6’-0”
    Diesel Main Engines: (3) Caterpillar 3512C, IMO II, 1,280
    Horsepower @ 1,600 RPM.
    Diesel Generators: (2) Caterpillar C6.6 125 kW, IMO II,
    220-volt, 3-phase

    CT Marine has designed several hundred vessels of varying types since opening its doors in 1978, they have focused primarily on towboats and shallow draft vessels for the last twenty years. It is with this focus that they can assure our clients the most modern Towboat attainable. CT Marine is a full service International firm that incorporates the latest internal & external technologies to further ship design.

    IWL River, Inc. is one of Eastern’s newest clients. These towboats will service the inland waterways of Latin America for Impala Terminals. Impala owns and operates a network of terminals that facilitate global trade flows, specializing in warehousing, multi-modal logistics and related port services for essential commodities worldwide. Impala Terminals connects its customers to the global commodities market.

    Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. has two new construction and repair facilities in Panama City, Florida and has been in business since 1976 building new, converting and repairing vessels in steel and aluminum of all types including: offshore and harbor tugs, offshore/platform supply vessels, multi-purpose construction vessels, research vessels, firefighting vessels, barges, ferries, passenger vessels, fishing vessels and inland towboats. Over the years, the Group has constructed and delivered twenty-eight Z-drive tugs of similar size and complexity for several customers in the United States. With these Z-Tech series tugs, Eastern maintains its reputation as one of the largest Z-drive tug new construction shipyards in North America.




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