Avondale Boat Division To Build 3,900-HP Tug For U.S. Owner

Avondale Industries, Inc., New Orleans, La., was recently awarded a contract by E.N. Bisso & Son, Inc., to design and construct a new 3,900- hp versatile tug which will be capable of river and harbor work, as well as full ocean service.

The tug will be constructed primarily for handling and docking ships in river traffic while retaining the ability to work offshore. Initial detailed engineering and construction of the vessel will begin immediately at Avondale's Boat Division, Westwego, La., facility.

According to Barry Heaps, Boat Division vice president, the tug will be 110 feet long and designed for unlimited ocean towing and for harbor ship docking. She will be powered by two EMD 16-645 E6 diesel engines for a total of 3,900 horsepower. The tug will have quarters for 10 and large galley and mess facilities. The vessel will be certified by the U.S. Coast Guard and classed Al, unlimited ocean service towing vessel by the American Bureau of Shipping.

Delivery of tug is scheduled for the latter part of 1991. Work on this contract will provide additional employment at Avondale for approximately 50 people through 1991.

E.N. Bisso & Son, Inc., has been established in the Port of New Orleans since 1880 and offers many marine services including towing, heavy lift and marine contracting.

Avondale Industries, Inc., headquartered in metro New Orleans, is one of the nation's leading marine fabricators, with shipbuilding, boat construction and repair operations for the commercial and Navy sectors.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 38,  Feb 1991

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