Eastern M a r i n e Delivers Z - D r i v e Tug To GD-Electric Boat
Eastern Marine Inc., Panama City, Fla., has delivered a harbor/ coastal-type, Z-Drive Class tugboat to the nation's leading producer of nuclear submarines for the U.S. Navy.
The 98-foot, 659-ton M/V Winslow C. Kelsey, built for General Dynamics' Electric Boat Division of Groton, Conn., will be used for coastal tows and maneuvering submarines at dockside.
The Winslow C. Kelsey is powered by two EMD 16-645E6a diesel engines developing a total of 3,900 brake horsepower. The Kelsey's engines are direct-coupled with two aft-mounted Ulstein Maritime model 1650M Z-Drive propeller units which each rotates 360 degrees under the tug's stern, requiring no rudders. Her design incorporates optimum pilothouse visibility, with larger windows and a lower centerline exhaust stack, aft. The pilothouse does not have a wheel, and instead is operated by two joystick-type levers— one for each engine—that control both speed and steering. The tug's accommodations include two five-person staterooms, a galley and three heads, all above deck level, an important safety feature.
Eastern Marine, Inc., the co-designer and builder of the vessel, was selected by the Electric Boat Division on account of its reputation for quality construction, and ability to deliver vessels on time, and within budget. In addition, Eastern Marine's location in Panama City provides an attractive production climate due to near-perfect weather conditions, and an abundance of skilled, dedicated shipbuilding craftsmen.
Eastern Marine, Inc. is engaged in the design and construction of cruise ships, ferries, inland and offshore tugs, barges, offshore support vessels, commercial fisheries vessels, and specialized U.S. military and government ships and barges.
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