The first of the four – the “KCS Emerald” – will be delivered to the salmon farmer in July.
Workboat reports that Cooke has worked with Eastern Canadian specialist Poseidon Marine Consultants to develop a 40’x20′ powered barge design. Nova Scotia-based boatyard A.F. Theriault & Son are building the vessels.
Each workboat has a 4.5′ molded depth, a Palfinger 18500M crane and two vertical capstans ease cargo and net handling.
They are also equipped with a A 280-hp Cummins QSL9 engine turning a 32″x20″ 4-bladed prop through a ZF305-3 gear with 2.5:1 ratio which provides propulsion power. This gives the barge a speed of 8 knots. The engines were supplied and installed by Philip Leblanc Diesel from Nova Scotia who also completed the installation review and sea trials.
A 12.5 kW Phasor generator provides auxiliary power. Tankage is provided for 610 gals. of fuel and 315 gals. water. The boat is designed for a crew of four and has a capacity for 10-tonnes deck cargo.