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Laborde Repowers Mighty Eagle Push Boat - 1/1/2011 -

By The Maritime Executive Staff The Maritime Executive

Double Eagle Marine of New Iberia, Louisiana, recently sold its fleet of tugs to return to its roots as a family-owned, independent company. With Double Eagle in the process of repowering its vessels, Laborde Products refit the Mighty Eagle, a 70' x 27' push boat, with twin Mitsubishi engines rated 940 hp at 1,940 rpm.

"We are rebuilding our fleet with newer equipment that will be more economical to operate and has the versatility needed to provide transportation services in a variety of markets," said Shawn Pourciau, Double Eagle co-owner and operating member manager. "We repowered due to the rising cost of operating and maintaining our outdated engines." "We chose Mitsubishi for several reasons," he continued. "We wanted the advantages of a Tier 2 engine with a proven mechanical operating system that provides exceptional fuel economy for the hp rating. For anyone looking to replace aging engines, these Mitsubishis are a no-brainer. They drop right in with minimal reconfiguring of the foundation and exhaust."

Laborde Products is the largest Mitsubishi Marine distributor in North America with offices located in Covington, Louisiana and Channelview, Texas. The company's areas of responsibility range from Texas to Florida and from New Orleans to Minneapolis. Chris Cerullo, Laborde's marine manager notes how Laborde has been focused on the inland waterways and has built a service and support network tailored to meet the specific needs of customers. "In addition to the Mitsubishi engine meeting Tier 2 EPA requirements with mechanical governor technology, they typically offer bigger displacement, more mass and are truly designed for the rugged inland river market," said Cerullo.

Double Eagle Marine was founded in 1980 as a small, independent company. It then grew to become part of a publicly owned company, which at one point operated 106 tugs ranging from 10,000 hp offshore tugs to 400 hp inland tugs, along with a barge fleet of 60. The versatile Double Eagle is now staying at the forefront of the industry by creating a new fleet with more economical equipment.

For more than 25 years, Laborde Products has provided excellent service and products to the marine market. In addition to providing Mitsubishi main propulsion engines, the company produces a line of Mitsubishi Generator Sets suitable for towboat applications. Fully mechanical Mitsubishi engines are employed by Laborde's Barge Power Units, which meet Class 1, Division 1 USCG requirements. Laborde has been servicing and supporting the inland towing industry with its lightweight, portable diesel pumps for many years, enabling operators to eliminate the need to carry explosive gasoline on board their vessels.

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