Putting A Drowned Vessel Back to Work
When the push boat Arkansas collided with a ship on the lower Mississippi several months ago, the towboat sank to the bottom of the river. Despite severe damage, the insurance company’s survey determined that the salvaged vessel was not a total loss and sent the survey out for bid. Subsequently, the refurbishment of the vessel was awarded to C & C Marine’s boat yard on Peters Road along the Harvey Canal in Louisiana.
“We got the boat and had to gut it right down to bare steel,” said C & C yard manager Glen Page, “that included opening up all the tanks and voids and pressure washing every corner of the boat.”
Damage was extensive with both the wheelhouse and second deck collapsed. The hull and bulwarks suffered substantial damage as well. “After we repaired the steel work we sandblasted the boat inside and out and repainted it,” explained Page, “Then we changed out the 600 hp Cummins KTA19M engines and the Cummins-powered gen sets for the same models supplied by the owners Carline Marine.”
C&C Marine then proceeded to finish out the boat with the electrical components and carpentry necessary to put the vessel back into operation. In essence, C & C made a new boat from the 55- x 24-foot hull. Page estimated Carline saved approximately $500,000 by choosing to repair the Arkansas as opposed to building a new boat.
The refurbished Arkansas completed sea trials in November and was delivered to her owners ready for service.
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