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FIRST MARINE LLC REFURBS MV. AMY GATTLE
By Jeff L. Yates
After years of rehabbing and repowering its own towboats, Western Rivers Boat Management Inc. recently turned in a major rehab and overhaul project for an account outside its own family of operations. Earlier this year, it delivered the Amy Gattle to Terral RiverService following a complete makeover at its First Marine LLC repair facility along the Tennessee River near Calvert City, Ky.
The company gained experience over time by reconditioning several older towboats, among the first of which was the 4,200 hp. Western, which was built by Dravo Corporation for Union Barge Line in 1956. First Marine revitalized the boat with new cabinetry and carpentry work along with an updated pilothouse console and revamped galley and mess room. They gutted and reconfigured the quarters to accommodate a smaller crew with larger, more comfortable rooms. The lounge, during a 2008 tour of the vessel, looked like a sitting room of a home in an upscale neighborhood.