Halter Marine Launches 180-Foot Vessel For Martin

Halter Marine Services, Inc., the largest builder of offshore support vessels in the world, has launched the offshore supply ship Ted Martin, being built for Martin Offshore Boats, Inc. of Golden Meadow, La. The company operates vessels in support of the oil and gas industry offshore, towing drilling rigs and furnishing vital material to offshore production operations.

The Ted Martin, built at the Moss Point, Miss., division of Halter Marine Services, has principal dimensions of 180 feet in length, a breadth of 38 feet and a depth of 14 feet, with a normal operating draft of 12 feet.

Normal displacement of the ship is 1,500 long tons.

She is equipped with two General Motors Electro-Motive Division 8-645-E6A diesel engines with 975 bhp each at 900 revolutions per minute. Electrohydraulic steering is by Sperry Marine Systems, propellers are 78- inch diameter, four-bladed stainless steel, and reverse/reduction gearing is from Reintjes with a 3:1 ratio.

The vessel is American Bureau of Shipping classed A-l, Maltese Cross, Full Ocean Service, and meets United States Coast Guard requirements f o r the oil and mineral industry.

Auxiliary and other major equipment includes a Murray Tregurtha bow thruster driven by a 300-horsepower 8V-71 diesel engine, a double wildcat anchor windlass, Gardner Denver mud compressor, two 99-kw generator sets, and an 11-circuit alarm panel for engine monitoring. Fire protection capabilities are USCG approved, sanitary water system is by Barnes, and air compressors are from Quincy. Galley equipment includes a triple stainless steel sink, dishwasher, electric range with oven, and a 29-cubic-foot refrigerator/freezer.

The Ted Martin is also equipped with a set of SSB radios, a Decca radar and a Konel radar KRA-136 and Konel radar KRA-1064, a Loran C type, a Raytheon depth recorder and a Raytheon digital depth indicator.

Halter Marine Services, Inc. operates seven 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.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 26,  Aug 1977

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