The M/V Lawson, a 2,010 HP triple-screw towboat with Kort nozzles, is assigned to the Tuscaloosa Project Management Office. Its mission is to tow and provide quarters for the crew of the Floating Crane Choctawhatchee. Their duties are snagging operations, debris and rock removal, and channel maintenance for the Black Warrior/Tombigbee (BWT) and Alabama River Systems from the mouth of the Mobile River to Birmingham and Montgomery, AL, respectively. They also set and remove stoplogs and provide general support for lock repairs.
Built: 2007 by Quality Shipyards, Houma, LA
Length x Breadth x Depth: 96' x 40' x8'-3"
Vertical Clearance: 40'-6"
Displacement: 388 long tons
Max Speed: 10 knots
Main Engines: 3 Caterpillar C18, 670 hp @ 2,100 rpm
Generators: 2 John Deere 6068TFM, 99 kW
Accommodations: 10 crew (max)
Original Cost: $6,544,500