Eastern Shipbuilding Group has signed a contract to build four 134’ ABS-classed inland river, 3,800-hp towboats for a Colombian operator. Each towboat will have a retractable pilothouse. The vessel design and detailed engineering is being provided by CT Marine of Portland, Maine.

The company, IWL River Inc., is an affiliate of Impala Terminals Colombia, which owns and operates a network of terminals that facilitate global trade flows, specializing in warehousing, multimodal logistics and related port services for essential commodities worldwide. The new towboats will service the inland waterways of Latin America.

The four inland retractable towboats feature the following specifications:

Length (LOA): 134’

Breadth: 42’

Depth: 9’

Minimal Operational Draft: 6’

Pilothouse Eyelevel (above waterline): 37’-6”

Pilothouse Eyelevel (above waterline) retracted: 21’-12”

Diesel Main Engines: (3) Caterpillar 3512C, IMO II, 1,280 Horsepower @ 1,600 RPM

Reverse Reduction Gears: (3) Reintjes, WAF665

Diesel Generators: (2) Caterpillar C6.6 125 kW, IMO II, 220-volt, 3-phase

Eastern Shipbuilding has been in business since 1976 has two new construction and repair facilities in Panama City, Fla.