C&C Marine & Repair, Belle Chasse, La., delivered the mv. Jerry Jarrett to Marquette Transportation Company. It is the third vessel in a series of new 6,600 hp., 160- by 50-foot triple-screw Z-drive towboats.
The Jerry Jarrett is being delivered approximately four months after the second towboat in the series, the mv. Chris Reeves, which was delivered seven months after the first boat, the mv. Cindy L. Erickson, on February 16, 2018. After delivery of the second towboat, C&C Marine said Marquette Transportation Company quickly exercised the option for a fourth towboat.
The mv. Jerry Jarrett was designed by CT Marine in Portland, Maine. The unique design includes three Cummins QSK60-M main engines that are paired to three Steerprop SP25D azimuthing Z-drive thrusters. The triple azimuthing Z-drive configuration allows for optimal speed, power and maneuverability. The Z-drives operate at lower engine loads to boost fuel efficiency.
The vessel offers accommodations for up to 13 crewmembers. The vessel’s superstructure is supported on a bed of springs for added crew comfort, and a soft-core jointer system was installed in the accommodation spaces for additional comfort and fire safety.
“We have been very pleased with the results,” said Josh Esper, executive vice-president of Marquette Transportation Company. “C&C Marine & Repair has exceeded our expectations on both quality and production.”
The fourth towboat for Marquette is scheduled for delivery in December.