Largest DMI Dredge Delivered To Mexican Owner
DredgeMasters International, Inc. (DMI), the Hendersonville, Tenn., subsidiary of Valley Industries, recently christened the newest and largest dredge in its line of heavy duty dredges. The model HPC-27DR DuraMaster dredge was christened in a ceremony at La Place, La., staged by DredgeMasters, the manufacturer; Kenner Marine, Inc., the erector; and Construcciones Fluviales Y Maritimas (COFYMA), the owner, which is a division of Protexa.
The dredge (shown left) was christened Irma by Humberto Lobo president of the Protexa Group, and his wife Irma De La Garza De Lobo, for whom the dredge is named. The ceremony featured remarks by Don C. Killom, presiident of DredgeMasters International ; Arnoldo Gallont, director of COFYMA's dredging division; Dr. Salvador Garcia Vargas, Mexican vice consul in New Orleans; and Mr. Lobo. The American flag was lowered and the Mexican flag was raised on the vessel prior to a blessing by Father Boudreaux of New Orleans.
The Irma has an overall length of 163 feet, beam of 34.75 feet, and maximum draft of about 6 feet. The 7 5 - f o o t ladder can dredge to a depth of 53 feet at an angle of 45 degrees and to 65 feet at an angle of 60 degrees. The vessel's main power is supplied by a GM Electro-Motive Division 20-645 E4B diesel; auxiliary power comes from two Caterpillar D-399 diesels and one Cat 3408 engine.
The main pump is a DMI HydraMaster HDM80-32x27; it has a suction diameter of 31 inches, discharge diameter of 27 inches, and impeller diameter of 80 inches. The 2-drum swing winch is rated 65,000 pounds and the ladder winch has a rating of 49,450 pounds.
Others who attended the christening ceremony and reception that followed included Carl Hakenjos, president, and George Watts, executive secretary of the Western Dredging Association. Protexa was also represented by Hernan Gonzalez, director of the construction division; George Littlefield, maintenance manager; and Guillermo Trevino, purchasing manager.