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C&B Christens Two New Boats In Covington, Ky.

The owners and employees of Carlisle & Bray Enterprises christened two new towboats September 26—the Enterprise and the Discovery—as the latest additions to the company’s growing fleet of towboats. It was also announced by chief executive officer Bill Bray that the company had signed on to build “one more Discovery-size boat, with options for five more.”

Chaplain Kempton “Chaps” Baldridge with the Seamen’s Church Institute officiated the ceremony on the Covington, Ky., riverfront, which was attended by C&B crews and employees, members of the Carlisle and Bray families, and clients of the company.

Carlisle & Bray Enterprises contracted with Marine Builders Inc., located in Utica, Ind., to construct the two new towboats. The Enterprise is a 2,600 hp., 90- by 34-foot vessel that will be used for short-line towing and dedicated services. The Discovery is a 1,320 hp., 60- by 25-foot vessel, which will service the company’s ever-growing fleeting service in the Port of Cincinnati.

“The Discovery is the 82nd hull design of this vessel class built by Marine Builders, and at this moment, it’s the best harbor boat we have ever made,” said David A. Evanczyk, president of Marine Builders Inc., after the ceremony. The first vessel of this hull design was delivered in 1973. This vessel is the latest evolution of this classic harbor boat design developed by the shipyard’s founder David W. Evanczyk.

The Discovery and the Enterprise join the C&B fleet as towboats No. 16 and 17. The company also operates various barges, multiple deck flats for clamshell loading and unloading, barge cranes and other construction equipment, and several port and dock facilities. The company employs 175 workers.

“The main reason for building these two new towboats is to improve employee safety and replace some of our aging fleet,” said Ed Lapikas, general manager for C&B Marine. “Ensuring that every person goes home the same way they came to work is our No. 1 goal,” added Chad Bray, who is the company’s chief operating officer.

Carlisle & Bray Enterprises LLC—and its subsidiary companies, C&B Marine LLC and C&B Energy Services LLC—were established in March 2011 as a result of the merger between Bray Marine and Greater Cincinnati Marine. C&B Marine provides towing and fleeting services on the Ohio River in the Greater Cincinnati area. C&B Energy Services provides barge cleaning, maintenance, and loading services to Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana power companies with power plants and various docks on the Ohio River.

Fran Carlisle, matriarch of the Carlisle family (wife of board member Wayne Carlisle, and mother of president Rob Carlisle and chairman Bryan Carlisle), and Christine Bray, matriarch of the Bray family (wife of Bill Bray and mother of Chad Bray and Scott Bray, chief financial officer), jointly performed the bottle-breaking ceremony.

The mv. Enterprise, the larger of the two towboats, is powered by twin 1,300 hp. Cummins QSK 38 diesels from Cummins Crosspoint. The engines turn 84-inch Sound propellers on eight-inch shafts through Reintjes 5.95:1 reduction gears from Karl Senner. The tail shaft and rudder bearings are from Thordon, as are the shaft seals. The engines are cooled by Johnson Duramax keel coolers.

mv EnterpriseTankage for 28,000 gallons of fuel and 13,000 gallons of potable water is built into the hull. For steering, Marine Builders installed an electric-over-hydraulic system that it designed. Also, of its own making are the bumpers and aluminum doors on the boat that the shipyard markets under the name of Wearguard through its distributor, Marine Industries Corporation, in Jeffersonville, Ind.

Providing auxiliary power for the crew of six on the three-deck, six stateroom vessel are two Cummins Onan 85 kw. generators, also from Cummins Crosspoint. There is a Mitsubishi split HVAC system and Seahorse sewage treatment plant.

Baton Rouge Marine Electrical Services supplied the equipment-monitoring system. Jeffcom provided the pilothouse communication and navigation electronics. Atop the pilothouse are two Carlisle & Finch 1,000-watt Xenon searchlights and a Kahlenberg D2 airhorn. On deck are two 65-ton Wintech winches.

The mv. Discovery gets its power from two 660 hp. Cummins QSK 19 diesels from Cummins Crosspoint, which also supplied the Cummins Onan 40 kw. generators. Reduction is through ZF W-1800 transmissions. The Sound propellers are 66 inches in diameter.

The vessel has two bunkrooms for a crew of four and the capacity to hold 9,250 gallons of fuel and 2,500 gallons of potable water. Otherwise, it has much of the same equipment as the Enterprise.

Steel for the next boat for C&B Marine, which will be a sister vessel to the Discovery, has been ordered. The boat is scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2015, Evanczyk said.