Verret delivers towboat to Blessey Marine

Plaquemine, La.-based Verret Shipyard Inc. recently delivered a new steel-hulled 85’×30’×11’ towboat to Blessey Marine Services Inc., Harahan, La.

The shipyard designed the Hugh S. Monsted, which will push black-oil barges along the U.S. inland waterway system.

“You really get a sense that [Walter Blessey] appreciates what we are doing,” Ted Verret, son of the yard’s founder, Murray Verret, told the crowd at the vessel’s christening in New Orleans. “We’ve had a relationship and a trust for a long time.”

“This is our fourteenth vessel with Verret,” said Walter Blessey. “Every time they build one of these, it’s better than the last time. We have three more ordered.”

The Hugh S. Monsted is powered by two Cummins KTA-38 M1 diesels, developing 1,000 hp at 1,800 rpm each. The mains connect to 4-bladed, stainless-steel, 74”×58” Sound Propeller wheels through Reintjes WAF 663 marine gears. Ship’s service power is provided by twin Cummins B-6.9 gensets, sparking 75kw each.

A tour of the boat revealed that the crew of six would travel in style, with accommodations ranging from good to excellent. Two of the suites are single occupant and all bunks have thick, plush mattresses. The galley resembles a kitchen one might find in an upscale apartment building. “This boat shows you the kind of equipment Mr. Walter [Blessey] gives his people to work with — only the best,” said Verret.

The Hugh S. Monsted was delivered in February.                       —K. Hocke

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