Belle Chasse, La.-based C&C Marine and Repair has delivered to Marquette Transportation Co. the 160'x50' Chris Reeves, the second of three new 6,600-hp, triple-screw Z-drive towboats. Chris Reeves is being delivered just three months after the first, Cindy L. Erickson, which was delivered by C&C Marine on Feb. 16, 2018.

Designed by CT Marine, Portland, Maine, the new towboat includes three Cummins QSK60-M main engines that are paired to three Steerprop SP25D azimuthing Z-drive thrusters, a configuration that is designed to allow for optimal speed, power and maneuverability. In addition, the Z-drives operate at lower engine loads to boost fuel efficiency.

New triple-screw, Z-drive tug for Marquette Transportation was built in Louisiana. C&C Marine and Repair photo

New triple-screw, Z-drive towboat for Marquette Transportation was built in Louisiana. C&C Marine and Repair photo

The Chris Reeves offers a total of 13 beds. The vessel’s superstructure is supported on a bed of springs for added crew comfort and a soft-core joiner system was installed in the accommodation spaces for added comfort and fire safety.

C&C Marine is no stranger to building towboats that are outfitted with triple-Z drives. In 2017, the boatyard built three such towboats for SCF Marine; all of which were built and delivered within eight months of each other.

“We take production deadlines very serious at C&C Marine and Repair,” Tony Cibilich with C&C Marine said in a statement announcing the delivery of the Chris Reeves. “We understand the economic incentive for everyone involved to produce these vessels in a timely manner, while maintaining the highest quality of construction. ”

The third towboat for Marquette is scheduled for delivery this August, with the fourth optional boat scheduled for delivery in December.

C&C Marine and Repair was established in 1997 and is located on 47 acres along the Intracoastal Waterway. The company designs and builds towboats, offshore supply vessels, dredges, barges, along with a variety of other marine vessels. The company’s facilities are designed to perform all new construction under roof and perform barge repairs on land. C&C Marine and Repair anticipates its new 83,350 sq. ft. climate-controlled robotic blast and paint facility will be fully operational by July of this year. Once the facility is completed, the company will be able to complete a blast and paint job on a 30,000 bbl. tank barge in five to six days, regardless of the weather, yard officials said.


Ken Hocke has been the senior editor of WorkBoat since 1999. He was the associate editor of WorkBoat from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, he was the editor of the Daily Shipping Guide, a transportation daily in New Orleans. He has written for other publications including The Times-Picayune. He graduated from Louisiana State University with an arts and sciences degree, with a concentration in English, in 1978.