Halter Delivers New 185-Foot Ship To Offshore Services Ships, Inc.

The offshore support and supply ship Independence, built by Halter Marine Services, Inc., New Orleans, La., was delivered recently to Offshore Service Ships, Inc., an offshore vessel operator of New Orleans. The Independence was built by the Moss Point, Miss., division of Halter Marine Services.

The new offshore service ship has overall dimensions of 185 feet by 40 feet by 14 feet, a normal displacement of 1,590 long tons, and is powered by two EMD-16-567 diesel engines rated at 1,600 horsepower each at 800 revolutions per minute. The vessel has a running speed of approximately 12 knots.

The boat is equipped with 90-inch diameter four-bladed stainless steel propellers, Falk LST 2.98:1; reverse/reduction gears and Matthews dual electrohydraulic steering gear.

The Independence is equipped with a bulk mud system of four vertical tanks from Smatco with a total capacity of 4,000. cubic feet of dry bulk mud. Auxiliary machinery includes two 98-kw generators. Also included is a 30 point engine monitoring/alarm system covering the main engine and the engines for the towing winch, reduction gear, generator sets, and bow thruster. Also aboard are two Quincy air compressors with two 250-gallon air receivers, a Deming sanitary water system and fire protection equipment meeting all USCG requirements. Hydraulic steering is located at two stations in the pilothouse.

Deck machinery aboard the ship includes a double wildcat windlass and a 5-footdiameter by 8-foot-long stern roller. The Independence is equipped with a sewage treatment plant and a Bird Johnson 300- horsepower bow thruster powered by a General Motors 8V-71 engine.

Communications equipment on the Independence includes a RF-448 VHF radio with emergency position indicator beacon, RF SSB radio; navigation equipment includes two Raytheon radars, a 6-inch Ritchie magnetic compass, a Sperry autopilot, a Raytheon depth sounder with transducer, and a rudder angle indicator.

The offshore service vessel has the following capacities: fuel oil — 82,058.58 gallons; fresh water — 2,684.9 gallons; lube oil — 1,978.3 gallons.

Tom L. Levy is the owner of the new company, Offshore Service Ships, Inc. The company operates vessels in various parts of the world where oil and gas exploration and production is being carried out.

Halter Marine Services, Inc., operates six shipyards in the United States, and is the world's largest builder of offshore support vessels. The company is known throughout the world for its well-proven variety of crewboats, supply boats, ocean tugs, production vessels and pilot boats, as well as river pushboats, military patrol boats and customdesigned vessels for specialized services.

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