Twin City Shipyard Lays Keel For Gulf Coast Trailing Dredge

Keel-laying ceremonies were held recently at Twin City Shipyard in St. Paul, Minn., for the 3,850-cubic-foot, suction hopper dredge Ouachita being constructed for Gulf Coast Trailing Company of New Orleans. The 300-foot vessel will incorporate many state-ofthe- art features unique for U.S.

dredges, such as her propulsion and pump drive systems. The two main diesel engines will drive controllable- pitch propellers off their aft ends and a dredge pump and jet pump off the front of each engine through split gearboxes.

The deckhouse will be located forward for crew comfort and is designed to accommodate a crew of 26 in single and double staterooms.

Designed by Twin City, the dredge is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 1985.

Twin City Shipyard has become one of the leading U.S. yards for dredge design and construction, along with its variety of split hopper dump dredges and aluminum dredge tenders.

Gulf Coast Trailing is a joint venture between T.L. James, Inc.

of Ruston, La.; Dredging International N.V. of Belgium; and HAM B.V. of the Netherlands.

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