Twin Towing/Supply Vessels Delivered By Quality Shipyards

Richard M. Currence, president of Gulf Fleet Marine Corporation, has announced the delivery of two new 190-foot by 40-foot by 14- foot towing/supply vessels. The Gulf Fleet No. 42 and Gulf Fleet No. 43 (shown above) are sister vessels and are powered by two GM Electro-Motive Division 16- 645-E2 diesel engines that develop 3,900 bhp through Reintjes WAV 481 3:1 reduction gears.

These vessels each have a clear deck space of 96 feet by 32 feet with a maximum deck cargo capacity of 522 long tons, and are capable of sustained speeds up to 13 knots.

Under deck, each vessel can carry 520 tons of drill water and has bulk tanks with a capacity of 5,800 cubic feet with a transfer rate of 50 tons per hour. Liquid mud tanks with 1,250-barrel capacity allow each vessel to carry 189 tons of liquid mud, which can be transferred at a rate of 600-800 gallons per minute at 170 feet. Each vessel also is fitted with 1,250-barrel-capacity calcium chloride tanks.

The vessels are equipped with a towing package that consists of a SMATCO 66 DAW 200 double- drum towing winch with a drum capacity of 2,500 feet of 2-inch cable on each drum, a 5- foot by 8-foot stern roller, and a measured bollard pull of 70,000 pounds. Classed by the American Bureau of S h i p p i n g as +A1 (AMS), All Ocean Towing, the vessels are built in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard specifications.

No. 42 and No. 43 were built in Houma, La., by Quality Shipyards, Inc., another Gulf Fleet company. They r e p r e s e n t one phase of an active and on-going construction program that allows Gulf Fleet to build equipment to meet the needs of other offshore petroleum and construction industries.

Gulf Fleet Marine Corporation provides a wide range of services to the offshore petroleum industry with a fleet of more than 100 supply and towing/supply vessels, tugs, and barges. Gulf Fleet Marine is one of the Houston Natural Gas Corporation group of companies.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 8,  Jan 15, 1981 Christian Christiansson

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