Mangone Launches Special Purpose Tanker For Sun Transport

Mangone Shipbuilding of Houston has launched a 245-foot special purpose vessel being built for Sun Transport, a division of Sun International, Inc. The Northern Sun (shown above), ABS classed A-l oil carrier Maltese Cross AMS, is a self-propelled twinscrew motor tank vessel. It will be delivered late this summer and will work inland and offshore in Sun T r a n s p o r t ' s U.S. Atlantic Coast operations. Mangone is a subsidiary of Stewart and Stevenson Services, Inc.

Overall measurements are 245 feet 6 inches by 45 feet by 19 feet 3 inches (74 by 13.5 by 5.8 meters) with a design draft of 14 feet 6 inches (4.4 meters). Powered by two GM EMD 8-645 E 7 diesels producing 1,900 total horsepower, the ship will operate at a service speed of about 12 knots. Accommodations are for eight crewmen.

The new vessel will have a cargo capacity of 21,549 barrels grade B oil products in 10 tanks in three segregated sections. For cargo unloading, there are three d i e s e l - d r i v e n deepwell pumps rated at 2,100 gpm at 125 psi aboard.

Mangone v i c e president Don Godeau said the ship will be the first of its kind intended for U.S.

operation and will combine offshore/ oceangoing capabilities with the size and maneuverability to navigate inland waterways and canals. The vessel will be U.S.

Coast Guard certificated.

Ship's electronics will include Sperry gyro, Sperry autopilot, Loran C, Fathometer, two radar units, ADF, two VHF radio sets, and SSB. The vessel will also be equipped with two 125-kw dieseldriven generators and a 35-kw standby generator.

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