Halter Delivers New Offshore Express Supply Boat

Built by Halter, the 166-foot Cameron Express (shown above) is operated by Offshore Express, Inc. of Houma, La., for Mesa Petroleum of Freeport, Texas.

The first of three 166-foot liquid mud supply boats for the company, the Cameron Express is one of seven new vessels added or being added to the Houma-based Offshore Express fleet in a recently announced $16-million expansion program. The others are the Cameron 166-foot supply boats Breton and Chandeleur Express; the 102-foot crewboat Lightning Express, already in service; two 115-foot utility boats, and a 180- foot supply vessel. The latter is scheduled for delivery in December.

The others were delivered in the fall.

Built by Halter Marine at its Calumet yard f o r Shearson Equipment Investors of New York, a limited partnership, the Cameron Express is one of the largest in Offshore Express's 16-vessel fleet, which range from 80- and 102 foot crewboats and 110-foot utilities, to the 187-foot supply boat Trojan Express.

The Cameron Express provides below-deck storage of 1,900 barrels of liquid mud for delivery to the drilling platform. It also is equipped with four 750 Pneutanks for storage of dry mud. It is powered by 16-149 Detroit Diesels delivering 2,000 hp, has deck cargo space for 500 tons, and a cruising speed of 12 knots. The deck size of the Cameron Express is 118 by 29.

"This is a significant new addition to our growing fleet," commented Robert C. Schmidt, vice president and general manager of Offshore Express. He said the company has long had a policy of acquiring vessels tailored to the specific needs of its customers and "the Cameron Express exemplifies that policy. She is designed for extreme stability in rough seas, for speed and maneuverability as well as for maximum storage facilities," he said.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 10,  Nov 15, 1981

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