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Bollinger Completes Repowering, Modernization of Tug Admiral Jackson For Crescent Towing - Sunday, January 20, 2008

New Orleans , LA., Jan 20, 2008 - Bollinger Algiers, L.L.C. a Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. facility, has completed the conversion of the Crescent Towing tug ADMIRAL JACKSON, from a single engine to a twin-engine docking/assist tug with 4200 HP.  It is the fifth of eight Crescent Towing 105-foot sister ships to undergo the same major conversion at Bollinger's Algiers facility.    

The ADMIRAL JACKSON, ex GLENN SMITH, received her renovation and life extension by first having a total redesign of the vessel, including wheel house, stern section and propulsion system.  Her existing engine was replaced with two (2) 228 General Electric  8 cylinder engines, coupled to Reintjes 4 to 1 reduction gears, driving the 85-inch Bollinger stainless steel propellers in 86-inch type 37 kort nozzles with stainless steel inner rings. The rudders are 45° angle for better maneuverability and its new power package is designed to generate over 100,000 pounds of bollard pull.

Bollinger reconstructed the ADMIRAL JACKSON’S wheelhouse with improved window placement and low profile stacks for maximum visibility and installed new electronics package which included radars, GPS, depth sounders, hailers, VHF radios, fax machines, sound powered telephones, as well as fuel emergency shut off systems, and remote control start and stops for the main engines.  New fendering was installed for maximum protection during docking maneuvers, and new galley and living area furnishings focused on crew comfort, with new air conditioning and heater systems.  With the installation of the new propulsion system, the ADMIRAL JACKSON received new channel coolers, Coast Guard approved oily-water separators, new sanitary systems and all regulatory documents were renewed.

Prior to the commencement of the ADMIRAL JACKSON’S conversion, Bollinger Algiers successfully converted the FLORIDA, LOUISIANA, NED FERRY and G. SHELBY FRIEDRICHS, Crescent single screw tugs, re-powering each to twin screw with similar renovation and life extension.  All are part of the Crescent fleet of docking/assist tugs servicing the shipping community on the lower Mississippi River.

New Orleans-based Crescent Towing ( is part of the Cooper Group of companies ( Its 25 tugs provide harbor towage for vessels on the Mississippi, Mobile and Savannah rivers.

Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. ( is a leading designer and builder of ocean-going double hull barges, offshore oil field support vessels, tug boats, rigs, liftboats, inland waterways push boats and barges, fast military patrol boats and other steel and aluminum products from its three new construction shipyards. Bollinger has 13 shipyards and all are strategically located between New Orleans and Houston with direct access to the Gulf of Mexico, Mississippi River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Bollinger is the largest vessel repair company in the Gulf of Mexico region with a total of 40 dry-docks in Louisiana and Texas.


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