Fincantieri Bay Shipbuilding (FBS), Sturgeon Bay, Wis., delivered the articulated tug barge unit (ATB) Barbara Carol Ann Moran and the 110,000-bbl. chemical barge Louisiana to Moran Towing Corp., New Canaan, Conn., in mid-May.

The ATB tug, the 123'x36'x18' Barbara Carol Ann Moran, is powered by a pair of EMD 12-710G7C-T3 that produce 2,650 hp each at 800 rpm. The engines turn a pair of HS Marine Propulsion ADV Series 115"x91.22", stainless steel, 5-bladed props through Lufkin RHS2500HG gears with 3.963:1 reduction ratios. The design towing speed is 10 knots. The tug has a bollard pull of 53.7 MT. For service power, there's a pair of John Deere genset engines rated at 200 kW each.

Capacities on the Barbara Carol Ann Moran include 138,000 gals. of fuel, 16,000 gals. water, 68,000 gals. ballast and 2,500 gals. engine lube oil.

The ABS-classed 468'x78'x34' barge Louisiana has a draft of approximately 26'6"

The new tug is certified ABS Class +A-1 Towing Service, +AMS, and is equipped with state-of-the-art navigation and communications technology.

The new ATB unit was delivered on May 16, the exact day called for in the contract and will work the U.S. East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico.

This is the third delivery to Moran under a 2014 contract, with a tank barge delivered in May 2015 and another ATB — the 6,000-hp tug Leigh Ann Moran and 150,000-bbl. tank barge Mississippi — delivered on Oct. 20, 2015.

“The Barbara Carol Ann Moran is an excellent example and typical of the ships built by FBS,” Todd Thayse, FBS's vice president and general manager said in a statement. “They’re manufactured to specific customer requirements, under the highest standards of quality, and with an emphasis of on-time delivery.”

FBS is part of Fincantieri Marine Group, the U.S. subsidiary of Italy-based Fincantieri, one of the world’s largest shipbuilders.

David Krapf has been editor of WorkBoat, the nation’s leading trade magazine for the inland and coastal waterways industry, since 1999. He is responsible for overseeing the editorial direction of the publication. Krapf has been in the publishing industry since 1987, beginning as a reporter and editor with daily and weekly newspapers in the Houston area. He also was the editor of a transportation industry daily in New Orleans before joining WorkBoat as a contributing editor in 1992. He has been covering the transportation industry since 1989, and has a degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego, and also studied journalism at the University of Houston.