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1320HP towboat

In May of 2013, Tell City Boat Works contracted to build a 1320HP towboat. The boat is a Tell City Boat Works design measuring 55 feet by 22 feet by 7-1/2 feet and has an operating draft of 5-1/2 feet. Power is supplied from a pair of Cummins QSK19MCRS diesel engines rated at 660 hp each at 1800 rpm. The engines are coupled to Twin Disc model MGX5222DC reduction gears with a 4.51:1 ratio turning 4 blade, Kahlenberg 52 by 46-in, stainless steel workhorse wheels on 4-1/2 inch shafts. The two steering and four flanking rudders are controlled by a full follow up and non-follow up hydraulic steering system supplied by Custom Hydraulic Components.

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Dredge tender hull


In spring of 2013, Tell City Boat Works began constructing a 55’ ocean anchor tender shell for dredging operations. The twin screw vessel measures 55’ x 20’ x 8’, and was designed for two 300 horsepower engines. The engines will turn 52” workhorse style propellers with a reduction gear of 4.59:1. The hull is fully chined with shear in the deck. The pilot house has a 16’-4” eye level. Final outfitting was performed by the customer.


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230′ cutter dredge

Cutter dredge

Corn Island Shipyard contracted to build a 230’ hydraulic cutter suction dredge hull in October of 2010. The hull was to be built at TCBW, an affiliate of Corn Island Shipyard. The vessel measures 230’ by 62’ by 17’ and has a 30” discharge diameter. It has 18,000 installed horsepower provided by Tier 2 General Electric engines. The two pump engines are coupled to two-speed gear boxes. Electrical power is provided by three generator engines and one emergency generator.

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70′ towboat renovation

Amy M

In 2011, Foertsch Group’s recently purchased M/V Lois E was dry docked. She would undergo a major repower and renovation project. The entire hull was cut off and reskinned with new plate. The engines were removed and rebuilt before their return to the boat. The telescoping pilot house was removed and two new decks were added. The second deck houses crew quarters and the pilot house was reconfigured. The majority of the piping was replaced and brought to new standards. Finally, the boat was renamed the Amy M.


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