Under Construction For EMS

Outboard profile of new 2,000 hp. towboat being built by Marine Builders for Evansville Marine Services.

Evansville Marine Services offers a wide range of services—ranging from barge preparation and crane services to drydock and repair work—at six harbors on the lower Ohio River. The six harbors, all between Miles 731 and 808, are Tell City, Rockport, Yankeetown and Evansville, Ind., and Owensboro and Henderson, Ky.

EMS currently has a fleet of 15 boats that do fleeting, shifting and local towing for clients.

To add power and capacity to this fleeting and line-haul work, the company has a new 70- by 28-foot vessel under construction at Marine Builders in Utica, Ind. Built to a design by Farrell & Norton, the 2,000 hp. vessel is, according to Tom Farrell, “a proven hull design with modifications to the deck house to suit the owner’s preferences.”

These modifications include accommodation for a crew of six in four cabins with two shared heads. A large galley and mess area, laundry facilities and additional head will be on the main deck.

Below decks, a pair of Cummins’ mechanical EPA Tier II compliant K38-M main engines, each delivering 1,000 hp. at 1,800 rpm., provide the muscle for both fleet work and line-haul as required. The engines will turn 74-inch four-blade stainless steel propellers through TwinDisc MG540 gears. Electrical needs will be met by a pair of Cummins 6BTA5.9-DM powered 72 kw. generators.

The vessel is scheduled for an autumn delivery.