Florida Marine Launches New Towboat Built At FMT Shipyard & Repair

BY FRANK MCCORMACK
December 4, 2017


FMT Shipyard & Repair LLC, located on the Harvey Canal on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Harvey, La., celebrated a major milestone recently: the launch of the first towboat built at the yard.

FMT Shipyard & Repair, part of Florida Marine Group, launched the mv. Jesse D. Pasentine in late October. The vessel is named after the youngest son of Florida Marine’s owner and CEO Dennis Pasentine. Finishing touches and sea trials immediately followed, and the vessel got underway in early November.

“The quality of materials, attention to detail and top-notch craftsmanship are very evident throughout,” said Jeff Brumfield, senior manager of boat construction and engineering for Florida Marine.

Naval architecture firm Gilbert Associates Inc. of Boston, Mass., designed the mv. Jesse D. Pasentine, with construction engineering by Ship Architects Inc. in Daphne, Ala.

The Jesse D. Pasentine measures 120 feet by 35 feet with a draft of 11.5 feet. The vessel boasts 4,000 hp. by way of two Caterpillar 3512C Tier 3 main engines, supplied by Louisiana Cat. Kennedy Engine Company supplied the vessel’s two John Deere 6090 175 kw. generators. The main engines are mated to Twin Disc 5600DR reduction gears from Sewart Supply. Engine Monitor outfitted the vessel’s engine alarms and steering system. Two 100- by 69-inch Sound propellers are from Texas Wheel Works.

The Jesse D. Pasentine’s Duraweld engine cooling system is from Eastpark Radiator. Dales Welding supplied the vessel’s Wartsila seals, while Donovan Marine supplied its Duramax bearings.

The mv. Jesse D. Pasentine has tankage for carrying up to 56,000 gallons of fuel, 12,000 gallons of potable water and 1,000 gallons of lube oil.

The four-deck towboat features the engineroom, galley and steering room on the bottom level, with crew accommodations on the middle decks. The vessel has room for a crew of nine, with three single bedrooms, three double bedrooms, six full baths and one half bath. The vessel features an expansive galley with adjoining dining room and a separate crew lounge on the forward main deck.

In the wheelhouse, steersmen will enjoy a 32-foot eye level. Wheelhouse Electronics outfitted the Jesse D. Pasentine’s electronics and communications equipment.
Hiller Systems provided the fire safety equipment. Fendering is by Schuyler. The vessel’s four 40-ton Patterson deck wenches are from Donovan Marine. The Jesse D. Pasentine also features a 10 hp. Schoellhorn-Albrecht capstan.

Larger and more powerful than Florida Marine’s fleet of “canal class” towboats that work on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, the Jesse D. Pasentine will primarily push teams of tank barges up and down the Mississippi River.

The mv. Jesse D. Pasentine is the latest success story at FMT Shipyard & Repair since Florida Marine opened the facility in 2009. Originally charged with servicing and repairing both Florida Marine’s own vessels and third party companies’ vessels, FMT Shipyard has since prepared part of the yard to handle new builds. Both the new build yard and the repair yard are open to third party customers.

And while the paint on the Jesse D. Pasentine is still fresh, team members at FMT Shipyard & Repair are well underway constructing the second of what will be at least a five-vessel series for Florida Marine.

“I am very proud of our entire team,” said Chip Stiebing, general manager of FMT Shipyard & Repair. “Everyone in our shipyard played a role in making this first boat a success.”