The Erie Trader is a self unloading barge. It's moved by The Clyde S. VanEnkevort. Its called a Articulated Tug-Barge (ATB) system. Shipping materials this way, is more efficient, they are able to travel at higher speeds and it offers improved control and maneuverability.
*NOTE* mind your ears when the horns blast. You will see a warning on screen. I did lower the dB so it doesn't give you a fright. I recorded the audio using my iPhone 7 Plus.
Listen to the rumble form that power plant. It's powered by twin 5,400 HP MaK diesel engines driving two controllable pitch propellers. So the motors are actually Cat Marine. Caterpillar acquired Mak back in 1997. The Clyde S. VanEnkevort (formerly know as Ken Boothe Sr.) was completed in February of 2011 at Donjon Shipbuilding and Repair LLC in Erie, Pa
The Erie Trader (or Lakes Contender as it was know 2011-2017) was completed at the Donjon yard in April of 2012. It's equipped with electric power generators for ballast pump operation and hydraulic power units for conveyor system operation. Its capacity is 38,516 tons. 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. Quite impressive... the both of you!. Hope you enjoyed the video. More to come!
Filmed with a Phantom 4 Pro V2.0
Happy Boy Theme by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license (https://creativecommons.org...