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M/V Dan Reeves

Corps christened new Arkansas towboat

The Army Corps of Engineers christened its new state-of-the-art towboat, the Motor Vessel Dan Reeves Wednesday below the Big Dam Bridge at Murray Lock and Dam. The boat is named after Corps retiree Dan Reeves who retired from the Little Rock District in 1991 after more than 30 years of service. He began his career […]

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M/V Dan Reeves

USACE Launches Towboat M/V Dan Reeves with Thrustmaster Z-Drives

The newly built M/V Dan Reeves was commissioned in January of 2016 for the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Little Rock District. Built by Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., overseen by the USACE Marine Design, the 95-foot-long vessel is designed to comply with proposed USCG Subchapter M Requirements. Power and propulsion […]

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2015 Innovator of the Year Award

Horizon Shipbuilding Inc. Receives 2015 Innovator of the Year Award

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc., Bayou La Batre, AL, has been presented with the 2015 “Innovator of the Year” award by the Mobile Alabama Chamber of Commerce. Horizon’s GORDHEAD collaboration software will revolutionize the way shipbuilders and other manufacturers conduct business. What is GORDHEAD? GORDHEAD is Horizon’s new “brain”; a brain that Horizon management and supervision access […]

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McAllister to build two ASD tugs at Horizon

McAllister Towing has awarded a contract to Horizon Shipbuilding Inc., Bayou La Batre, Ala., to build two new tugs. The 100’x40’ escort/rescue tugs will be powered by a pair of Caterpillar 3516E Tier 4 engines with Schottel SRP4000 FP azimuth thrusters. The package will produce a total of 6,770 hp and 80 metric tons of […]

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140' FMT Towboat

Three Yards Beat the Market Headwinds

Several family-owned yards on the American Gulf Coast have found innovative ways to reach new markets, build up a competitive advantage, and diversify as the global shipbuilding industry enters a period of decline. Horizon Shipbuilding in Bayou La Batre, Alabama, is primarily a builder of inland towboats of 70 to 140 feet. It has proved […]

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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. […]

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Horizon Shipbuilding delivers seventh 140-foot towboat to Florida Marine Transporters

Horizon Shipbuilding Inc. has delivered its seventh 140-foot towboat for Florida Marine Transporters, the M/V Capt. Phillip Box. The vessel, named for FMT’s longtime captain, was designed by John Gilbert and was launched in April at Horizon’s Bayou La Batre facility. The towboat measures 140 feet in length and 42 feet in width, with a […]

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Travis R. Short of Horizon Shipbuilding with Jeff Brumfield of FMT in front of newbuild M/V Michael Akiu #86

Horizon Shipbuilding Delivers Third 80’ Towboat

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc. announced it has delivered another 80-foot inland river towboat, the M/V Michael Akiu #86, to Florida Marine Transporters. Inc. (FMT) of Mandeville, La. The 2,100 horsepower M/V Michael Akiu #86 is the final vessel for FMT as part of a order for three 80’ X 33’ X 10’-6” twin propeller towboats awarded […]

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Mickey Cook joins Horizon Shipbuilding

Horizon Shipbuilding, Inc.reports that Mr. Mickey Cook has recently joined the corporation as the Vice President of Operations for the Bayou La Batre shipyard. Mr. Cook is one of the founders of C & G Boatworks, Mobile, Alabama, where he served as General Manager. He brings thirty –eight years of experience in the shipbuilding industry […]

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