Push boat operator Plimsoll Marine has announced that it has taken delivery of the fourth vessel in a series of new builds from Master Marine, Inc.

“Plimsoll Marine strives to provide the lower Mississippi with premier pushboat services using the most modern and capable fleet of vessels in the industry. The delivery of the Steel Skipper marks another milestone in this effort,” said Angus R. Cooper III, president of Cooper/T. Black-smith. “Our continued investment in building and maintaining the Plimsoll fleet demonstrates our commitment to always delivering the highest level of value to our customers.”

“Our customers expect the safest, most efficient and reliable operations, and Plimsoll Marine’s world-class team and state-of-the-art vessels ensure that we consistently exceed these expectations,” said Karl Gonzales. , vice-president of Plimsoll Marine. “Plimsoll is proud to add the Steel Skipper to our growing fleet of state-of-the-art push boats. Paired with our experienced sailors, this vessel further ensures our ability to exceed customer expectations in the safest and most the most effective.

Designed by Entech Designs, LLC, the 67′ x 28′ tug is powered by two Laborde Products, Inc. Mitsubishi 803 HP Tier III diesel marine engines running at 1,400 RPM and mated to Twin Disc 5321 gears. Laborde Products also provided electrical power with two Northern Lights 65KW Tier III electronically controlled generators with RW Fernstrum, Inc. keel coolers throughout.

A pair of 70″ x 48″ x 7″ four-blade stainless steel propellers from Sound Propeller Services, Inc. provide thrust through two J & S Machine Works, Inc. 7″ ABS Grade Two propeller shafts with all Thordon bearings, Thorplas rings and shaft seals. RIO Controls and Hydraulic, Inc. supplied the steering system for the two 7″ main rudders and four 7″ side rudders.

Gulf Coast Air & Hydraulics, Inc. supplied a pair of Quincy reciprocating air compressors and blowers. Schuyler Maritime, LLC supplied all 18″ x 12″ rubber fenders around the perimeter of the vessel and the thrust knees.

RS Price & Son supplied a Carrier mini-split HVAC system throughout all interior spaces, with Blakeney Marine supplying all custom interior joinery and finishes. Donavon Marine supplied the large Bomar aluminum windows and Dales Welding and Fabricators, LLC supplied the exterior aluminum doors. Wintech International, LLC supplied a pair of 40 ton deck winches and New World, Inc. supplied all electronics and communications, along with an alarm system from Unlimited Control & Supply, Inc.

Each of the four tugs has a capacity of 10,400 gallons of fuel, 4,359 gallons of potable water and 9,500 gallons of ballast water, as well as a maximum draft of 7′-9″. Each vessel is fitted with three crew cabins housing six crew, 1.5 baths and a full galley.