Clyde S. Van Enkevort
IMO 9618484

Downbound at Mission Pt., June 22, 2014.
(Roger LeLievre)


The articulated tug Clyde S. Van Enkevort was completed in February 2011 at Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair LLC in Erie, Pa. She is mated with the self-unloading barge Erie Trader, which was completed at the Donjon yard in April 2012. Both are owned and operated by Van Enkevort Tug & Barge of Escanaba, Mich.,

Both units, which were owned at the time by Seajon, a joint venture between SEACOR Holdings Inc. and Donjon, were christened at ceremonies in Erie on April 10, 2012. The combined tug/barge unit entered service under charter to American Steamship Company in May 2012 under the names Ken Boothe Sr. (tug) and Lakes Contender (barge).

The Ken Boothe Sr. was named in memory of the former shipyard manager for Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair. Lakes Contender was named by the builder to commemorate its entry into the Great Lakes shipbuilding industry.

The American Steamship Co, charter was not renewed in 2017. Both are now owned and operated by Van Enkevort Tug & Barge of Escanaba, Mich.,

The Clyde S. Van Enkevort is powered by twin 5,400 HP MaK diesel engines driving two controllable pitch propellers. The Erie Trader is equipped with electric power generators for ballast pump operation and hydraulic power units for conveyor system operation. Self-unloading equipment consists of a single tunnel belt and loop belt system which elevates cargo to a hydraulically-actuated unloading boom. The barge is equipped with a 1,000 HP diesel-driven bow thruster.

Clyde S. Van Enkevort, the tugís namesake, entered the marine industry in the late 1960s. He was a specialist in integrated tug/barge design, with one of his biggest accomplishments being the building of the tug Joyce L. Van Enkevort and the barge Great Lakes Trader. He died Feb. 20, 2016.


Written by Roger LeLievre.



Tug Particulars
Length 135' 04" (41.25m)
Beam 50' 00" (15.24m)
Depth 26' 00" (7.92m)
Midsummer Draft 19' 00" (5.79m)
Engine Power 10,876 bhp diesel
Previous Names
Clyde S. Van Enkevort 2017 - Today
Ken Boothe Sr. 2011 - 2017

 


Tied up at Donjon Shipbuilding in Erie going through final fit out, Feb. 9, 2012.
(John McCreery)

Stern of the barge Lakes Contender with the Boothe.
(John McCreery)

All dressed up for the christening ceremony, April 10, 2012.
(Roger LeLievre)

Pilothouse was bedecked with flags.
(Roger LeLievre)

Close up of the tug connector.
(Roger LeLievre)

Ellen Boothe, wife of the vesselís namesake, the late Ken Boothe, Sr., former general manager of Donjon Shipbuilding & Repair, christens the Ken Boothe Sr.
(Roger LeLievre)

Lakes Contender and Ken Boothe Sr. at the dock.
(Roger LeLievre)

Upbound in the St. Marys River, July 5, 2012.
(Roger LeLievre)

Upbound at Mission Pt. in the evening, July 5, 2012.
(Matt Miner)

Another view.
(Matt Miner)

Downbound at Mission Pt., June 22, 2014.
(Roger LeLievre)

Downbound at Mission Pt., June 28, 2014.
(Matt Miner)

Close up of the tug.
(Matt Miner)

Profile view.
(Matt Miner)

Stern view showing the American Steamship stack.
(Matt Miner)

New name welded to the stern, March 1, 2017.
(VanEnkevort Tug & Barge)

Coming through the Charles Berry bridge in Lorain, March 24, 2017.
(Ed Bansek)

Previous names are still visible on the tug and barge.
(Ed Bansek)

   

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