American River Transportation Company, St. Louis, Mo., has taken delivery of the eighth in a series of 11 new towboats from Eymard Marine Construction & Repair in Harvey, La. The mv. Harvest Pride is the first equipped as a live-aboard vessel.
The vessels are 64.5 feet long by 28 feet wide and have 2,000 hp. from twin Cummins QSK38-M1 Tier 3 main engines. Reduction is Twin Disc, 7:1. The Harvest Pride was delivered January 10.
The vessels were designed by ARTCO with longevity and performance in mind, the company said. They feature zero discharge in light of the Vessel General Permit and gray water regulations, greaseless seawater-to-vessel interfaces, double-hulled fuel and lube tanks, and biodiesel capabilities. Additionally, all hydraulic steering components are situated in an enclosed rudder room to keep them out of the weather.
The Harvest Pride also features a 29-foot pilot eye level and crew amenities, including a full galley, three double bunk rooms, two bathrooms and spacious wheelhouse. The new boat will be stationed at ARTCO’s Cairo, Ill., fleeting location, the company said.
Three other live-on vessels in the series are currently under construction at Eymard. Its current sister vessels are the motor vessels Capt. Duffy, Louisiana Mariner, Louisiana Paradise, Louisiana Legacy, Louisiana Transporter and Louisiana Strong. The next boat up, to be delivered this spring, will be the mv. American Pride.