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Laborde Repowers Push Boats for Mid-stream Fueling - 10/4/2011 -

By WorkBoat Staff -

Laborde Products announced this week it has supplied Mitsubishi engines to repower four push boats used for mid-stream refueling by Talen'sMarine, a distributor of fuel, lubricants and chemicals to the Gulf Coast region. Most recently, Laborde replaced a pair of aging engines on the 112-ton Terry Fontenot with twin Mitsubishi engines, rated 940 hp at 1,940 rpm, according to a press release.

"We chose the Mitsubishi Tier 2 models for their efficiency and low emissions," said Harry Swire, Talen's port engineer based in Lake Arthur, Louisiana, in a statement. "We wanted the all-mechanical engines because they require little maintenance and resist engine room moisture. We're happy with our choice and like working with the Laborde team, who are always very helpful."

As part of the ongoing refit project for Talen's fleet, six months ago Laborde repowered the Louis Vincent with twin 483 hp Misubishi engines. At the present time, twin 630 hp Mitsubishis for the Christy Talen are being installed. After the refit of the Christy Talen is complete, a set of 483 hp Mitsubishi engines are ready for the Terry Conner.

Talen's serves the Gulf Coast with three shore- based docks and four inland docks on the coasts of Louisiana and Texas and the company reportedly found it particularly convenient to work with Laborde, as the distributor has offices in Covington, Louisiana, and Channelview, Texas.

Laborde Products is the largest Mitsubishi Marine distributor in North America with a territory reaching from Texas east to Florida and New Orleans north to Minneapolis. Mitsubishi engines meet Tier 2 EPA requirements with mechanical governor technology, typically offer significantly larger displacement, more mass and, most importantly, are specifically designed for the extremely heavy-duty tug and push boat markets.

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