Horizon Shipbuilding delivers 80-foot towboat, fulfilling Florida Marine Transporters contract

Horizon Shipbuilding Inc. has delivered its third in a three-vessel contract to Florida Marine Transporters Inc. of Mandeville, La.

The 80-foot Inland River Towboat, the M/V Michael Akiu #86, honors with its name FMT employee Michael Akiu who played for the National Football League’s former Houston Oilers, now the Tennessee Titans, as a wide receiver.

Bayou La Batre-based Horizon won the contract for the three, 80-foot, twin-propeller towboats in 2013, and project manager Mike Sims has delivered all three in the package on time, according to a statement released by the company.

The diesel-powered vessel will be used for intracoastal waterways and inland rivers operations.

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