T i d e w a t e r M a r i n e Tows M o b i l e Supply Vessel Eleven Thousand Miles

Tidewater Marine's Ramey Tide, a 190-foot, 4,300-horsepower towing supply vessel, has started an 11,000-mile tow f r om the Houston Ship Channel to the Seychelles Islands in the Indian Ocean.

The Ramey Tide is towing the Wareship II, a former U.S. Navy LSD converted by Amoco Drilling Services Inc., for remote area operations as a mobile supply base. The tow will transit the distance at an average speed of from 7 to 8 knots over a 72-day period, and upon arrival the vessel will support a new drilling program by Amoco Seychelles Petroleum Company in the Indian Ocean.

The Wareship II contains all of the materials, tools and supplies required to support a one- or twowell exploratory drilling program.

The Ramey Tide is one of 16 new vessels completed for Tidewater Inc. last year as part of the company's fleet modernization and expansion program. It was built by Avondale Shipyards, Inc.

at its New Orleans, La., facility.

The vessel is powered by two EMD 12-645 E7A diesel engines and has a 40-foot beam, 14-foot draft, and 125,000-gallon fuel capacity.

This year, Tidewater will take delivery of 15 additional vessels costing $31 million.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 6,  Jan 1980

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