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Vessel Conversion and Repair
builds, St. Johns Ship Building will begin work on a sec- ond pair of identical tugs, as well as a pair of 39-ft truck- able tugs, for Smithbridge.
Separately, St. Johns Ship Building built the 190-foot landing craft Grand Master II for Bahamas Ferries. Propul- sion is provided by twin Cummins QSK19 engines, each generating 700 hp, while electrical service comes from two
John Deere 99-kW gensets. A 22-inch Wesmar electric thruster is installed at the bow.
The vessel has 6,400 square feet of cargo space and a two-story deckhouse for crew quarters, passenger accom- modations and a galley. The wheelhouse and captain’s quarters are on the second deck. Grand Master II is the ? rst of three 190-foot landing crafts the shipyard is build- ing for Caribbean customers.
As part of an ongoing process to ensure that the Vane
Brothers ? eet remains as safe, modern, and productive as possible, work has wrapped up on another new articulat- ed tug/barge (AT/B) unit and other purpose-built vessels are scheduled for delivery in the next few months. The 100-foot-long, 4,200-horsepower AT/B tug Jacksonville was completed at St. Johns Ship Building. Originally en- visioned as a traditional hawser tug, the Jacksonville was modi? ed while under construction to become a more modern AT/B tug.
Vane Brothers Port Captain Jim Demske explains that the modi? cations primarily included the elimination of the double-drum towing winch, tow span, and deck sheaves in favor of an innovative Beacon Finland JAK-400
Hydralok AT/B coupling system. A custom-built Schoell- horn-Albrecht accommodation ladder is being used for ac- cess between the tug and barge. A second tug modi? ed for
AT/B, the New York is getting ready for launching at St.
Johns Ship Building.
As SJSB looks forward to successfully completing these projects and moving forward to even more challenges in the future, SJSB’s signature quality and customer relationships have developed as the Hallmark of its business. And, that’s a pretty good place to start – and ? nish – your next project.
Rick Eyerdam is an award winning jour- nalist and editor. Formerly, he was Editor of
Florida Shipper Magazine. Additionally, he was Executive Director of the Miami River
Marine Group and Captain of the Port of the Miami River.
He is a graduate of Florida State University with majors in
English and Government. His articles have appeared in myriad shipping magazines and newspapers since 1970.
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