Within days American Steamship Company, a subsidiary of Chicago, IL-based GATX corporation, will be operating a newly-constructed articulated tug-barge (ATB) unit capable of hauling 34,000 deadweight tons of cargo between U.S. Great Lakes ports.
Earlier this week SEAJON, LLC, a partnership between SEACOR Holdings Inc. and Donjon Marine Co., Inc., christened the self-unloading ATB unit composed of the 11,000 horsepower tug Ken Boothe, Sr. and the barge unit Lakes Contender. Constructed in Erie, Pennsylvania the unit was the first of its kind built there since the christening of the Presque Isle in 1972.
On hand for the christening were Ellen S. Boothe, widow of Ken Boothe Sr., former general manager of Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair, LLC, who named the tug in honor of her late husband, and Pennsylvania State Sen. Jane Earll who christened the Lakes Contender.
Donjon Marine Company, Inc. CEO J. Arnold Witte said of the event, "We are so pleased to christen this state-of-the-art ATB here in Erie, and to share in the success with our partner SEACOR. This exciting chapter in our companies' stories is one that we can all take pride in today and long into the future".
American Steamship Company is expected to use the new ATB unit in the busy Great Lakes iron ore and stone trade.