American River Transportation Company has put into service another new towboat, the mv. Artco Maiden. Not to be confused with the mv. Harvest Maiden, which it put into service in 2016 and was built by Eymard Marine Construction & Repair, the newest boat is a product of New Orleans Shipyard, which is the company’s captive yard in Waggaman, La.
The new vessel measures 58.5 by 26 by 8 feet and is powered by twin Cat C-18 engines rated 940 hp. total. Reduction is Twin Disc 5222, 5.04:1. It was designed by Entech.
A second harbor boat, the mv. Artco Innovation, a twin to the Artco Maiden, is scheduled for completion this summer. The new boats will work in the company’s fleets on the Upper Mississippi and Illinois rivers, said Dan Saunders, fleet manager.