The tug Ken Boothe Sr. is named in memory of the former shipyard manager for Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair, LLC located in Erie, PA where the tug was built. The barge Lakes Contender was named by the builder to commemorate its entry into the Great Lakes shipbuilding industry. Both tug and barge are on charter, from its owners, Seajon, to American Steamship Company beginning in April 2012.
Both the Ken Boothe Sr. and Lakes Contender were built by Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair, LLC at their shipyard in Erie, PA. The Ken Boothe Sr. was completed in February 2011 and the Lakes Contender was completed in April 2012. Both units, which are owned by Seajon, a joint venture between SEACOR Holdings Inc. and Donjon Marine, were christened at ceremonies in Erie, PA on April 10, 2012. The combined tug/barge unit entered service under charter to American Steamship Company in May 2012.
The Ken Boothe Sr. is powered by twin 5,400 HP MaK diesel engines driving two controllable pitch propellers. TheLakes Contender is equipped with electric power generators for ballast pump operation and hydraulic power units for conveyor system operation. Self-unloading equipment consists of a single tunnel belt and loop belt system which elevates cargo to a hydraulically-actuated unloading boom. The barge is equipped with a 1,000 HP diesel-driven bow thruster.
The Ken Boothe Sr. / Lakes Contender is used in general Great Lakes trades transporting iron ore pellets, coal and limestone.
|Depth at Side||26'-0"||45'-0"|
|Midsummer Draft (MS)||18'-11.5"||30'-0"|
|Deadweight Capacity at MS Draft||n/a||38,516 LT|
|Deadweight Capacity at 27'-6"||n/a||34,696 LT|
|Unloading Boom Conveyor Length||n/a||265'|
|Maximum Unloading Rate||n/a||6,000 Tons/Hour|
|Number of Cargo Holds||n/a||7|
|Number of Cargo Hatches||n/a||26|
|Total Shaft Horsepower||10,500||n/a|
|Number of Propellers||2||n/a|