USACE Rock Island District christens newest addition to maintenance tug fleet

Quincy (Photo: US Army Corps of Engineers)

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Rock Island District has formally named Quincy, the newest vessel to join its fleet of inland tugs.

Built in 2008 by Orange Shipbuilding of Texas, the tug was initially named Gordon M. Stevens and operated by the USACE Louisville District. Its original duties included support for the construction of the Olmsted Lock and Dam on the stretch of the Ohio River between Pulaski County, Illinois, and Ballard County, Kentucky.

Now renamed in honour of the city of Quincy in Illinois, the tug is 124 feet (37 metres) long by 34 feet (10.3 metres) wide and is powered by two 1,500hp (1,118kW) engines. Onboard accommodations include seven staterooms that can accommodate up to 10 crewmembers and a full galley.

Quincy joins the USACE Mississippi River Structures Maintenance fleet located at the Mississippi River Project Office in Pleasant Valley, Iowa. It will serve as the primary towing vessel for Quad Cities, the maintenance fleet’s new crane barge.

See more stories from this month’s Tug and Salvage Week here.

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