December 4, 2017
The mv. Lucas Paul Devall, the latest addition to the 37-boat fleet of Devall Towing & Boat Service of Hackberry LLC, entered service recently. The new boat was built by A&B Shipbuilders of Morgan City, La.
A twin-screw towboat that measures 67 by 30 by 10 feet with an operating draft of 8-1/2 feet, the Lucas Paul Devall has 1,350 hp. from a pair of Cummins QSK19-M diesels.
The engines are coupled to Twin Disc MGX5222 (6:1) reduction gears and turn a pair of Kahlenberg 66- by 52-inch propellers. The mechanical-over-electronic steering system was designed and built by Skipper.
The two 65 kw. John Deere generators were supplied by Devall Diesel. They, and the main engines, are cooled with fresh water circulated through keel coolers from East Park Radiator. Built within the hull of the Lucas Paul are reservoirs for approximately 23,000 gallons of fuel and 18,000 gallons of potable water.
Comfortable quarters are provided for up to six crew members, with two single rooms and two double rooms on the second deck. There is a sink in each room and a shower and toilet between each set of rooms. Each deck level has its own American Standard air conditioning and heating unit.
The interior is outfitted with vinyl flooring and FRP walls and ceilings. The galley is fully equipped with stainless steel appliances.
Pilothouse equipment features Furuno radar, along with a bridge watch alarm system and Blue Box digital marine recording system. The vessel has a fleet deck and there are two 40-ton Patterson winches on the main deck.
The new boat, which will run between Houston and Victoria, Texas, is named for the 12-year-old son of Kenny Devall, the company’s vice president.