Ashland's New Towboats Being Built By Quality Shipyards To Be Powered By Caterpillar Engines From Whayne

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Each of the three new twin-screw towboats being built by Quality Shipyards in Houma, La., for the Ashland Petroleum Company will be powered by two Caterpillar 3606 engines delivering a total of 4,200 hp per vessel.

"This is the first installation of Caterpillar's 3606 engines utilized in new inland waterways construction," said Jerry Mueller, who is in charge of the engine division at Louisville-based Whayne Supply Company, Caterpillar dealer in Kentucky and southern Indiana. "It represents a real milestone for Ashland, Quality Shipyards, Whayne, and for Caterpillar, but more importantly it signals what we hope is a turning point for inland river transportation." "The CAT 3600 series is the only totally new medium-speed diesel engine in the 2,000-6,000 class hp," said Pete Gibson, Whayne's marine specialist. "These engines are among the most fuel efficient and durable in their power and speed class, 720-1,000 rpm." Delivery of the first Ashland boat is expected in April 1987, followed by the other two by the end of that year. The vessels will replace three veterans of the Ashland fleet. The new vessels will measure 150 feet by 45 feet by 11 feet. Built on a St. Louis Ship design with three decks and pilothouse, each vessel will also include guest quarters.

Whayne will also supply two CAT 3306-powered 155-kw generator packages and two Falk MR2440 reduction gears for each vessel.

"The boats will be classed by ABS for inland river service and will operate primarily on the Ohio and the Mississippi Rivers, pushing Ashland tows," said John W.

Joeckel, manager of fleet operations for Ashland Petroleum, one of Kentucky's largest employers. Ashland also operates Great Lakes and oceangoing fleets.

Quality Shipyards, Inc. has worked with Caterpillar engines in the past, repowering the Mid-South Towing Company M/V Julia Woods with three Caterpillar 3608 engines earlier this year.

Whayne has ordered the new engines from Caterpillar's new engine plant at Lafayette, Ind. They will be serviced by Whayne's parts and service facilities on the Ohio River at Paducah, Evansville, Louisville and Ashland.

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