Cummins KTA19s power TUG Richard B through Atchafalaya Basin

Richard B on the water
"The Cummins KTA19s provide the perfect amount of power to do our job."
— Brennan Templet, mate and pilot of Richard B

Scream all you want in the swamp, no one will ever hear you - or help you.

Down on the bayou, autonomy and self-preservation is key, because in a remote area, you’re on your own, in the elements. Having an engine like the Cummins KTA19 with torque, power and maneuverability leverages your safety and productivity. 

Businelle Towing’s newly christened TUG Richard B powers tows through the Bayou Sorrel Locks. Bayou Sorrel is in Plaquemine, LA on the Port Allen - Morgan City route, a well-known shortcut that decreases the voyage between New Orleans and Baton Rouge by hours and literal days. Time is money in the commercial marine industry for barge operators who prefer not to transit the Mississippi River, the nation’s busiest in-land waterway.Richard B tug

Turning on a dime and maneuvering into position to push two and three barge tows, takes a towboat with incredible propulsion. It requires an engine with horsepower for constant operation in a workboat environment.

“So far, I love the way the boat handles,” said Brennan Templet, the mate and pilot of Richard B. “The Cummins KTA19s provide the perfect amount of power to do our job, which is assisting tows through the Bayou Sorrel Locks. So far, no matter the tow, the Richard B handles them like a dream. Shoves and backs real hard, and at the same time, steers really quick.”

Templet is a fifth generation towboater shepherding barges through the Bayou Sorrell Locks; he was also a finalist in the Maritime Throwdown industrial athlete competition. 

“Also new to me are four flanking or backing rudders, two per shaft, which have come in real handy a few times since I started running this vessel,” said Templet. “All in all, the horsepower and maneuverability are terrific. The KTA19s are some of the mechanical engines made by Cummins, and they are easy to maintain. I am very satisfied with how she handles and this boat will fit in well in the Businelle Fleet.”


Richard B specifications

LOA x Beam 60' x 22'
Power Cummins KTA-19M3 Diesels
Repower 2016
Horsepower 1200 HP
Eye level 22'
Generators Twin John Deere
Fuel cap 10,000 gal
Lube cap 300 gal
Slop oil cap 300 gal

4 flanking, 2 steering

Wheels TWIN 4-blade stainless steel wheels


Richard B vessel history

  • 1975 Houma Shipbuilding launches Virgie R for MR Towing
  • 1977 Acquired by Alario Towing, renamed Judy Alario
  • 1981 Acquired by St Charles Towing Services, renamed Charmaine Alario
  • 1984 St Charles Towing renames as The Brandon
  • 1990 Acquired by Western Towing, renamed Buckskin
  • 2004 Acquired by Kirby Corp. of Channelview TX
  • 2015 Acquired by M&P Barge, renamed G.W. Dunn
  • 2021 Acquired by Businelle Towing, renamed Richard B


Photo credit - Lisa Overing, Megayacht Media

Lisa Overing

Lisa Overing

Lisa Overing is a Florida-based marine author contributing articles on yachts, recreational boats, sportfishers and pleasure craft powered by Cummins and Onan products. As an award-winning copywriter and creative director for Megayacht Media, a digital marketing agency serving marine and luxury brands, she reviews the world’s most prestigious superyachts and manages marketing efforts for numerous shipyards, naval architects and marine businesses. Enjoy more of Lisa’s marine articles, ads, brands and websites at; contact her at [email protected] or 954-579-2398.

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