Belle Chasse, La., based C&C Marine and Repair has delivered the M/V Olive Parker, its first vessel built for Tuscaloosa, Ala., headquartered Parker Towing Company.
Constructed based on a collaborative design by Parker Towing and CT Marine LLC of Portland, Maine, the 4,400-horsepower towboat measures 147.5 by 34 by 10 feet, 9 inches and has a 33 foot high pilothouse eyeline.
The vessel is powered by two owner-furnished CAT 3516B main engines, paired with two Reintjes WAF 873 HL-HR reduction gears supplied by Karl Senner LLC. Service power is provided by two John Deere 6068 AFM 85, 150 kW generators. The conventional steering system hydraulic power unit, along with the alarm and monitoring system, were provided by Eagle Control Systems. The towboat’s two 100-inch diameter stainless-steel fixed pitch propellers were provided by Sound Propeller Systems Inc.
The towboat’s accommodations offer a total of 10 beds, with the complete joiner system being provided by Kern Martin Services Inc.
The navigation and communication package, provided by Wheelhouse Electronics, includes Furuno radar equipment, transducer, satellite compass, AIS system and loud hailer, as well as a Standard VHF radio, Alphatron swingmeter, Young weather sensor, and Intellian Satellite TV antenna. The vessel is also equipped with two Carlisle and Finch 1,000-Watt searchlights.
The towboat is outfitted with a pair of Nabrico 60-ton winches, and a through-the-deck capstan from Schoellhorn-Albrecht.
For additional crew safety, the Olive Parker is equipped with a Novec 1230 “Clean Agent” fire suppression system. The fire detection and suppression system were both provided and installed by the Herbert Hiller Company.
“During our process of selecting shipyards for our new vessel construction program, C&C was one of the facilities whose reputation for quality really stood out in the industry,” said Terah Huckabee, Senior Vice-President of Parker Towing Company. “They employ state of the art processes in an all-weather facility with the majority of assembly being performed within enclosed warehouse bays. The M/V Olive Parker is our first project with C&C and, we can say without a doubt, they certainly lived up to their reputation.”