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Marine Builders Finishing First Of Three For Golding

The mv. Alice Golding, second of three boats for Golding Barge Line, is taking shape at Marine Builders.

— by Jeff L. Yates

Marine Builders was applying finishing touches to the first of three 2,000 hp. towboats for Golding Barge Line when this writer stopped by June 27 for a quick visit. In the water at the final outfitting dock was the Sara Golding, which appeared to be almost ready for delivery.

The Utica, Ind., shipyard is building three similar vessels for Golding, each measuring 74 by 34 feet and powered by a pair of 1,000 hp. Caterpillar C32 diesel engines, coupled to Reintjes 6.4:1 reduction gears. Second in the series is the Alice Golding, which now has much of the structural work completed and is awaiting placement of engines and mechanical equipment before painting and launching. The hull for the third and as-yet unnamed vessel was being flipped and readied for movement to another part of the yard, where the superstructure will be added in the coming months.

Also at the outfitting dock was the second of two boats designed and built for Carlisle & Bray Marine LLC, Covington, Ky. The Discovery, the smaller of the two, measures 60 by 22 feet and is powered with a pair of Cummins QSK19M diesels rated at a total of 1,320 hp., coupled to ZF 6.16:1 reduction gears.

The yard recently delivered the 2,600 hp., Enterprise, which was designed for short-line towing and dedicated services. Measuring 90 by 34 feet, it is powered with a pair of Cummins QSK38, Tier III diesels producing 2,600 total hp.

Also at the yard for underwater service was the 60 by 22 foot, Miss Ida, owned by Wooten River Service and Supply of Louisville. Next to the Miss Ida was the 58- by 21-foot Oriole, which was getting new windows and other superstructure upgrades. This 730 hp., vessel is owned and operated by St. Jude & New Madrid Harbor Service.