business depends on commercial vessels, it's essential for these boats to stay
in good condition. Unreliable engines and equipment can lead to days or weeks
off the water for repairs, resulting in lost customers. To ensure its fleet is
always prepared for the job, Smith Maritime depends on Laborde Products. For its
third repower with Smith Maritime, Laborde supplied three Mitsubishi S12R-Y2MPTK
Tier II engines rated at 5,000 hp for the tug Rhea.
For its maiden
voyage, Rhea towed a huge piece of
oil-field equipment from Texas to Cape Verde Islands off of Africa before
moving on to Nigeria. The boat towed continuously for 7 weeks.
the years we've used Mitsubishi engines all over the world. The engines are
reliable and economical, saving up to 25% on fuel," said Smith Maritime
founder Capt. Latham Smith. "In our business, we need engines that are
reliable so they don't break down in the middle of the ocean or cause us to be late
on our customer's time. With these engines, we've never had a breakdown or any
problems. Laborde gives us exactly what we want."
is not the only member of this team satisfied with the recent repower. Tug Rhea's captain sent the following message
via satellite during the maiden voyage.
"All is well
out here, just a tugging along, every one is sure enjoying this boat. These new
engines are great and no more soot all over the deck, in the house, state
rooms, or lungs. Rhea does not miss a
beat, and seems easy on fuel. I think we could have done the whole trip from Texas
to Nigeria non-stop, but probably would be cutting it too close. This boat is an
absolute dream. It is the most efficient tug I've ever worked in 20 years."
Rhea is a small, powerful, agile,
sea-going tug capable of withstanding the rigors of ship and barge towing or
ocean rescue service in all weather conditions. It's fully fitted and built for
extended service at sea or in distant and remote locations.
Smith Maritime's vessels
operate primarily between the US, the Caribbean and South America. The
company's services include ocean and coastal towing, pipe and cable laying,
submersible operations, cargo and dredge ops, demolition, harbor, anchor and
buoy handling, and salvage and rescue.
Laborde is the largest
Mitsubishi Marine distributor in North America with a far-reaching territory
from Texas to Florida, New Orleans to Minneapolis, the Caribbean and Mexico.
Mitsubishi engines typically offer larger displacement and more mass than other
engines. For more than 25 years, Laborde has provided the marine and industrial
markets with superior products and service. It distributes Mitsubishi, Yanmar
and Hatz diesel engines, Iveco gensets, and package their own diesel-powered
generators and other custom diesel equipment.
Contact Laborde Products, 74257 Hwy 25,
Covington, LA 70435. 985-892-0107; Fax: 985-898-5824.