Four Supply Vessels Of New Class Delivered To Tidewater Marine

Tidewater Marine Service, Inc.

of New Orleans, a subsidiary of Tidewater Inc., recently took delivery of four new 180-foot supply vessels. Three of the new vessels — the Boh Tide, Boiling Tide, and Toby Tide — were constructed at the Moss Point, Miss., yard of Halter Marine; the Munson Tide was built at McDermott's New Iberia, La., yard. These boats are the first four of 10 new units, and an altogether new class of supply vessel that will serve the offshore oil and gas industry.

William E. Bright, president of Tidewater Marine, said the new vessels are particularly suited for jackup drilling o p e r a t i o n s and other relatively shallow-water exploration and development programs.

" T o w i n g / s u p p l y and supply boats in the medium horsepower range form the focal point of the company's $60-million fleet expansion program, which is about midway to completion and will add a total of 25 vessels by October 1981," Mr. Bright said. Tidewater Associaowns and operates the world's largest offshore fleet of some 400 vessels that are now in service worldwide.

The latest f o u r v e s s e l s are equipped with an improved pumping system designed by Tidewater's engineering staff, which provides liquid mud and other chemicals in addition to fuel and water to offshore drilling rigs.

Vessels in this class are powered by twin Caterpillar D-399 d i e s e l e n g i n e s driving through Reintjes reduction gears, giving 2,250 continuous horsepower and a speed of 12 knots. They are equipped with the latest communications and navigation devices, i n c l u d i n g Decca radar, Drake VHF and emergency radios, RF Communications SSB radio, and Texas Instruments Loran. Electrical power is supplied by GM/ Delco diesel generator sets.

These vessels have air-conditioned and heated quarters for 20 persons. Deck storage area is 114 by 34 feet; below-deck storage can accommodate 4,000 cubic feet of bulk cargo.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 18,  May 15, 1980

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