Mangone Swiftships Delivers Pocket Tanker To Sun Transport

Mangone Swiftships, Inc. of Houston recently delivered the 245-foot Northern Sun (shown above) to Sun Transport, Inc., a subsidiary of Sun Company, Inc. Classed + A 1 Oil Carrier + AMS by the American Bureau of Shipping, the minitanker has a cargo capacity of about 22,000 barrels of Grade B petroleum products.

The Northern Sun is now in service at U.S. East Coast ports for Sun Transport from her home port in Delaware. The ship has an overall length of 245 feet 6 inches, beam of 45 feet, and depth of 19 feet 3 inches (74 by 13.5 by 5.8 meters), with a draft of 14 feet 6 inches (4.4 meters). Main propulsion is provided by twin GM Electro-Motive Diesel 8-645 E7 engines developing a total of 1,900 bhp. She has a service speed of about 12 knots and accommodations for eight crew members.

Cargo is carried in 10 tanks arranged in three segregated sections.

Three diesel-driven deepwell pumps, each rated 2,100 gpm at 125 psi, handle cargo unloading.

Electronics aboard include Sperry gyrocompass system, Sperry autopilot, Raytheon Fathometer, two radar units, automatic direction finder, two VHF radio sets, and an SSB radio. The ship is also equipped with dual 125- kw, diesel-driven generators and a 35-kw standby unit.

Certificated by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Northern Sun combines oceangoing capabilities with the size and maneuverability to navigate inland waterways. The special-purpose vessel is among the first of its type in U.S.-flag service.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 54,  Apr 15, 1981 Mississippi

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