C&C Marine & Repair, a Belle Chasse, La.-based shipyard specializing in the design and construction of towboats, dredges, barges, offshore supply vessels and other marine vessels, recently delivered the mv. Brooks M. Hamilton to Metairie, La.-based Maritime Partners LLC.
The Brooks M. Hamilton is the second in a series of 15 towboats C&C Marine is building for Maritime Partners.
The mv. Brooks M. Hamilton was designed by Kenner, La.-based Entech Design LLC, with 3D modeling and production drawings by C&C Marine & Repair’s in-house engineering department. The vessel measures 84 feet by 34 feet and features a pair of Tier 3 Cummins QSK38-M1 engines that produce a combined 2,600 hp. The engines, supplied by Cummins Mid-South, are paired to two Reintjes WAF 665 reduction gears from Karl Senner LLC. The vessel’s steering system is by Rio Marine & Hydraulic.
On deck, the Brooks M. Hamilton features two 40-ton Patterson winches from Donovan Marine. Gulf Coast Power & Control supplied the vessel’s switchgear. The Brooks M. Hamilton is equipped with Furuno electronics, including a radar, AIS system, satellite compass, sounder system and loud hailer. In addition, the vessel is outfitted with an Alphatron swingmeter, a Young wind sensor and an Intellian i3L satellite antenna. Wheelhouse Electronics supplied and installed all navigation and communication equipment aboard the mv. Brooks M. Hamilton.
The vessel has accommodations for a crew of six, along with a soft-core joiner system by Marine Interior Systems for added crew comfort and fire safety.
C&C Marine & Repair delivered the Brooks M. Hamilton approximately four months after the first vessel in the series, the mv. Paula M. Sperry.
“We have been really impressed by the quality and speed at which C&C Marine has been able to build these vessels,” said Austin Sperry, chief operating officer and co-founder of Maritime Partners.
C&C attributes its production speed, in part, to the shipyard’s focus on innovative production methods. For the Brooks M. Hamilton, C&C Marine used a Lincoln Electric/Ogden welding panel line assembly seam welder and automatic dart welder, which allow for the fabrication of panels up to 40 feet by 100 feet. In addition, the yard used a computerized pipe cutting machine by Vernon Tool Company, which allows pipes of various diameters and lengths to be precut prior to assembly.
C&C performs all new construction under roof, with 50-ton overhead gantry cranes used throughout the building process. With a total of five enclosed production bays, projects at C&C can progress regardless of outside weather conditions.
The in-house engineering department further streamlines construction by partnering with customers throughout the design and construction processes to resolve any issues immediately with negligible effect on the production schedule.
“We take production deadlines very seriously at C&C Marine & Repair,” C&C owner Tony Cibilich said. “We understand the economic incentive for everyone involved to produce these vessels in a timely manner, while maintaining the highest quality of construction.”
The mv. Brooks M. Hamilton is named for Maritime Partners CEO and co-founder Bick Brooks’ nephew. Brooks said the towboat is a perfect representation of his nephew.
“I saw the mv. Brooks M. Hamilton in action during sea trials, and it is well named,” Brooks said. “This towboat rips through the water with almost as much energy as my nephew.
“C&C builds a phenomenal vessel, and we continue to be excited about our ongoing partnership with C&C Marine & Repair,” he added.
Caption for photo: The mv. Brooks M. Hamilton is the second of 15 boats C&C Marine & Repair is building for Maritime Partners LLC. (Photo courtesy of C&C Marine & Repair)