Pushboat a first for Metal Trades

In the 55 years since Ted Corbin found Metal Trades, Inc., Yonges Island, S.C., the family-owned company earned a well-established reputation for ship repair and building barges. The company marked a milestone when it launched its first newbuild twin screw pushboat, the 50’x24’x5.5’ Capt Cooper for Bald Head Island Limited, LLC.

Designed by naval architects CT Marine, Edgecomb, Me., the custom-built shallow draft Capt Cooper will push a barge that serves Bald Head Island, a residential and vacation community in North Carolina. Propulsion comes from a pair of John Deere 6135AFM85 Tier 3 diesels with keel coolers, each producing 425 hp at 1,900 rpm, transmitted through ZF W350 electric shift gears at 3.968:1 ratio. The boat is equipped with four main rudders and four flanking rudders for maneuverability. The pushboat is built to ABS specifications but not classed.

Talyn Corbin swings the champagne bottle to christen the Capt Cooper as Metal Trades chairman Rusty Corbin watches. Metal Trades photo.

Talyn Corbin swings the champagne bottle to christen the Capt Cooper as Metal Trades chairman Rusty Corbin watches. Metal Trades photo.

This is the first self-propelled vessel built by Metal Trades, where the Corbin family and up to 180 employees specialize in government and commercial ship repair, new barge construction and heavy metal fabrication. The company has a large Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract servicing U.S. Army watercraft on the East Coast, and an Agreement for Boat Repair (ABR) with the Navy’s Naval Sea Systems Command.

But the Capt Cooper, overseen by project manager John Geiges, is a big deal.

“The launch of this vessel is a very proud moment for Metal Trades, Inc. Thank you to everyone involved in construction of this push-boat. We are very honored and excited to have the opportunity to build a pushboat for Bald Head Island,” said Rusty Corbin, Metal Trades’ chairman.

 

 

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Kirk Moore

Associate Editor Kirk Moore was a reporter for the Asbury Park Press for over 30 years before joining WorkBoat in 2015. He wrote several award-winning stories on marine, environmental, coastal and military issues that helped drive federal and state government policy changes. He has also been a field editor for WorkBoat’s sister publication, National Fisherman, for almost 25 years. Moore was awarded the Online News Association 2011 Knight Award for Public Service for the “Barnegat Bay Under Stress,” 2010 series that led to the New Jersey state government’s restoration plan. He lives in West Creek, N.J.

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