The first of two Kirby ocean-going vessels constructed at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders was successfully launched yesterday, May 2, 2017.
Hull S186 is equipped with a Nautican propulsion system comprising all elements aft of the gearbox companion flange: the shafts and bearings, Nautican high-efficiency nozzles, propellers, triple-rudders and headbox. Steering cylinder mounts and rudder stops are integrated into the custom headbox. The Nautican system is mated to Caterpillar 3516B engines with Reintjes gears. Hull S186 will serve in Kirby’s West Coast operations, as will her sister vessel, Hull S187 which will launch later this year.