Halter Introduces New Line Of Fire Utility Vessels

Halter Marine, Inc., introduced a new line of fire/utility boats with the delivery of the 150-foot Point 'T' to her owners, Point Venture, Ltd. of Morgan City, La.

In addition to her 61,000-gallon liquid mud capacity, the new vessel carries three 6-inch, 2,400-gpm fire monitors capable of pumping water as well as 1,720 gallons of foam.

A smaller version, the Halterbuilt 130-foot Point Au' Fer, similarly equipped and working for Mobil Oil, recently assisted in extinguishing a serious bulk fuel storage fire at Morgan City. Following the fire, the Morgan City fire chief said: " . . . I definitely feel that if it were not for the Point Au' Fer and its outstanding equipment and crew, a large part of the Front Street area would have gone up in flames." "Our experience with these vessels in the field has been so satisfactory that we anticipate building several more in the same class," said Arthur Levy Jr., president of Point Venture. "In addition," Mr. Levy added, "we are considering adding full firefighting equipment to the three 191- foot tug/supply boats we have under construction at Halter now.

Included on each would be four large fire monitors with 10,000- gpm capacity, plus the capacity to pump 10,000 gallons of foam." The Point 'T\ whose overall dimensions are 150 feet by 36 feet by 14 feet, is powered by two GM Detroit Diesel Allison 16V-149NA diesel engines developing 900 bhp each at 1,800 rpm.

She has a cargo capacity of 275 long tons and has 2,200 square feet of cargo space on her aft deck. She can carry 78,560 gallons of fuel oil, 1,283 gallons of lube oil, 3,974 gallons of fresh water, 108,196 gallons of ballast water, and has a sanitary holding capacity of 895 gallons.

Auxiliary machinery includes two GM 75-kw generators driven by two GM Detroit Diesel Allison 6-71 diesel engines, a Continental Electric generator control panel, an Engine Monitor, Inc. monitoring system, two Quincy D325 air compressors, and Aurora fire, ballast, bilge, and fuel transfer pumps. The vessel is also equipped with a Bird-Johnson bow thruster driven by a GM diesel, and the engine room is protected by a fire alarm system and automatic COflooding system.

Living quarters include six staterooms, 20 berths, and a fully equipped modern galley.

The Point T is American Bureau of Shipping classed A-l, + AMS; USCG NVC 1-78, USCG Subchapter I, carries a Panama Canal Admeasurement certificate, and is U.S. Public Health approved.

She was built at Halter's Chickasaw, Ala. division, one of 10 shipyards owned and operated by Halter in the Southeastern United States. Halter Marine is the world's largest builder of supply vessels for the offshore oil and gas industry.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 10,  Nov 1980

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