Hudship Reenters Pushboat M a r k et
Hudson Shipbuilders, Inc. (Hudship) of Pascagoula, Miss., has announced the signing of two new contracts for pushboats to be delivered during 1980.
A contract was signed with Cliff Spanier and Larry Gisclair of Clydesdale Corporation, Harvey, La., for construction of a 70-foot pushboat. The vessel will be identical to the pushboat Clydesdale, which was delivered in April 1979. Hudship has not constructed a new pushboat since then. However, they have been very active in the offshore and fishing vessel markets, specializing in 112-foot and 120-foot o f f - shore utility vessels.
The company also announced that it will construct a newly designed 85-foot by 30-foot pushboat for Ralston Cole of Energy Transport Systems, New Orleans. The vessel will be powered by 8-cylinder General Motors EMD engines, and will have accommodations for eight persons. Energy Transport already has in its fleet the Cindy Cole, a sister vessel to the Clydesdale.
In addition to the Clydesdale, Hudship completed the 70-foot John W. Stone during 1979, which was delivered to owner John W. Stone of Oil Distributors, Harvey, La. Hudship plans to continue building pushboats in response to new market demands. They will also continue building offshore workboats and utility vessels.