Quality Delivers Towing/Supply Vessel To Gulf Fleet Marine

Gulf Fleet Marine Corporation of New Orleans recently took delivery of the Gulf Fleet No. 41, a towing/supply vessel measuring 190 feet by 40 feet by 14 feet.

The No. 41 is Gulf Fleet's 101st vessel, and the seventh delivered this year.

Built in Houma, La. by Quality Shipyards, Inc. a Gulf Fleet company, this vessel represents one phase of an aggressive construction program that projects an additional $12 million of new vessels during the next 10 months.

Powered by twin GM Electro- Motive Division 16-645-E2 diesel engines that develop a total of 3,000 bhp at 900 rpm, driving through a pair of Reintjes WAV 481, 3:1 reduction gears, the vessel is capable of a sustained speed of 13 knots.

The vessel has a clear deck space of 96 feet by 32 feet, and maximum deck cargo capacity of 522 long tons. Under-deck tanks hold 520 tons of drill water, while bulk tanks have a total capacity of 5,800 cubic feet that can be transferred at a rate of 50 tons per hour. The vessel is fitted with liquid mud tanks with 1,250- barrel capacity, which can be transferred at a rate of 600-800 gpm at 170 feet head. Calcium chloride tanks also provide a capacity of 1,250 barrels.

The Gulf Fleet No. 41 has a SMATCO 66 DAW200, doubledrum towing winch with a capacity of 2,500 feet of 2-inch cable on each drum. Equipped with a 5-foot by 8-foot stern roller, the vessel has a measured bollard pull of 70,000 pounds. She is built to U.S. Coast Guard specifications, and is classed by the American Bureau of Shipping as + A1 (AMS) All Oceans, Towing.

Gulf Fleet Marine is one of the Houston Natural Gas Corporation group of companies.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 18,  Sep 1980

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