The 67- by 28-foot towboat was designed by Entech Designs LLC. It is powered by a pair of Mitsubishi S6R2-Y3MPTAW Tier III diesel engines provided by Laborde Products. Operated at 1,400 rpm. and coupled to Twin Disc 5321 gears, the engines will provide a total of 1,606 hp. Laborde Products also supplied two Northern Lights M65C13.2S 65 kw. Tier III electronic-controlled generators, with R.W. Fernstrum Inc. keel coolers throughout.
A pair of Sound Propeller Services Inc. 70- by 48 by 7-inch, four-blade stainless steel propellers will provide thrust through two J&S Machine Works Inc. 7-inch ABS Grade 2 propeller shafts with all Thordon bearings, Thorplas bushings and shaft seals. RIO Controls & Hydraulics Inc. supplied supplying the steering system for the two 7-inch main and four 7-inch flanking rudders.
Gulf Coast Air & Hydraulics Inc. provided a pair of Quincy F325 reciprocating air compressors and ventilation fans. Schuyler Maritime LLC provided all 18- by 12-inch rubber fendering around the entire perimeter of the vessel and push knees. Outfitters International provided a Daiken mini-split heat pump HVAC system in all interior spaces, with Blakeney Marine providing all custom woodwork and interior finishes. Donovan Marine provided the large Bomar aluminum windows, and Dale’s Welding & Fabricators LLC supplied the aluminum exterior doors. Wintech International LLC provided a pair of 40-ton deck winches, and New World Inc. provided all of the electronics and communications.
Unlimited Control & Supply Inc. supplied the alarm system.
The Frank Mellor can hold 10,400 gallons of fuel, 4,359 gallons of potable water and 9,500 gallons of ballast water along with providing a maximum 7-foot, 9-inch working draft. It has three crew staterooms for six crewmembers, 1-1/2 baths and a full galley arrangement.
The boat is named after a longtime CGB employee who worked in barge maintenance and later shipyard management.
The Frank Mellor is a sister vessel to the mv. Charlie T, which Master Marine delivered to Osage late last year (WJ, December 30, 2019).
Caption for photo: The 1,600 hp. Frank Mellor is a sister vessel to the mv. Charlie T, delivered in late 2019.