Mississippi Marine Delivers M/V Redneck—Second Of Three Towboats For Captain Hollinger
D. John Nichols, president of Mississippi Marine Towboat Corporation, Greenville, Miss., announced recently the delivery of the M / V Redneck to Capt. W.A. (Peanut) Hollinger of Greenville. The 56-foot by 22-foot by 7-foot 6-inch, 1,000-hp towboat is the second of three ordered by Captain Hollinger, and is the sister vessel to the M / V Cole.
The vessel is built to meet the rugged demands of fleeting service. The hull is constructed of %- inch and yL.-inch plate with heavy 1-inch plate head log and transom. Corner wrappers of 1-inch plate and a %-inch formed rub rail located port and starboard provide additional hull protection. The vessel is powered by two GM 16V-71 main propulsion engines coupled to a pair of Twin Disc MG-518 (4.5:1) reduction gears. The gears turn two 5y2- inch-diameter shafts. The wheels are specially designed 50-inch by 46-inch, four-blade, stainless-steel with extra heavy edge thickness and increased blade area ratio. The main engine cooling is provided by Fernstrum grid coolers and the engines are ontrolled by Morse MD-24 cable controls.
The vessel is equipped with two steering rudders and four flanking rudders. The mechanical over hydraulic system is main engine driven. While the vessel is equipped with a pair of 12-kw, model A2D 12000 Dieselec, aircooled generator sets, a separate 12-volt system also is provided, enabling the vessel to operate without the generators. Navigation lights and other necessary lighting are dual 12-volt dc and 120-volt ac. The two power winches are Skipper Hydraulic, 25-ton, p o w e r e d by the main-enginedriven hydraulic pumps and reservoir package, which also allows for operation of the vessel without the use of the generator sets. Air conditioning is provided in the vessel's pilothouse and in the main deck galley room. A compact galley unit is provided on the main deck with gravity-fed water systems from the deck above. The M / V Redneck's raised pilothouse provides a 25-foot 6- inch eye level and 360-degree visibility. A catwalk and stairs provide access to both empty barges as well as the vessel's main deck. The M/V Redneck is another example of Mississippi Marine's ability and willingness to build vessels specifically t a i l o r e d to meet the needs of a customer's particular operation. Captain Hollinger wanted a simple, no frills type vessel, designed to suit his operation. Mississippi Marine is also building two 1,800 to 2,400- shp pushboats, one 1,000-hp work boat, and a 143-foot offshore geophysical vessel, for various companies.