Dravo SteelShip Delivers Towboat To Pleasants Power Station
Dravo SteelShip Corporation of Pine Bluff, Ark., has announced delivery of the M/V Pleasants "K" to Pleasants Power Station of Allegheny Power System for operation on the Ohio River at Willow Island, W.Va.
The vessel is a standard Steel- Ship design, 56 feet long by 20 feet wide by 7 feet deep. She is powered by twin Detroit Diesel 12V-71N, keel-cooled marine engines developing 340 bhp each, driving two Coolidge 60-inch-diameter, four-blade, stainless-steel propellers.
The engine room, designed for easy maintenance, is equipped with 4-inch I-beams to facilitate moving of main engines and light plant, and there is a large removable section in the engine room top so that principal machinery can be hoisted from the vessel in a minimum amount of time.
The vessel is fitted with two steering and four flanking rudders. Equipped with two pumps, one electric motor driven and one constantmain engine driven, the steering and flanking systems are separate, yet the pumps are automatically paralleled for fast steering when desired by the pilot.
The electrical system is powered by a Detroit Diesel 3-71, 30- kw generator, w h i c h p r o d u c es power for all shipboard use. This includes three 10-ton Beebe deck winches, two 14-inch Carlisle & Finch searchlights, four floodlights, and numerous other pieces of equipment.
The heavily framed and braced hull is fabricated of %-inch plate except the after bottom which is %-inch, and the headlog, bow and stern corners which are %-inch. The hull is divided into five watertight compartments and carries 11,700 gallons of fuel.
D r a v o S t e e l S h i p Corporation currently has two 110-foot spud barges, two 75-foot tugboats, two 60-foot crane pushboats, three 88- foot pushboats, and several other pieces of marine equipment under construction.