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ADMIRAL JACKSON

Crescent Towing tug ADMIRAL JACKSON completes first ship assist project following re-powering/conversion at Bollinger Algiers, L.L.C

February 20, 2008

Bollinger Algiers completes tug conversion

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 vessel to a 4,200 hp twin-engine docking/assist tug with 100,000 lb bollard pull.

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, began its renovation and life extension with a total redesign of the vessel, including wheel house, stern section and propulsion system.

The existing engine was replaced with two 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 at a 45 degree angle for better maneuverability.

Bollinger reconstructed the ADMIRAL JACKSON'S wheelhouse with improved window placement and low profile stacks for maximum visibility and installed a new electronics package that 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.

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