Halter To Build Deepwater, ME 202s And ME 303s In The United States

Halter Marine, Inc., of New Orleans, La., and Maritime Engineering A.S., of Oslo, Norway, have signed an agreement granting Halter exclusive rights in the U.S. to build all of the ME series vessels in excess of 201 feet.

Halter also has the license on a nonexclusive basis worldwide.

Maritime Engineering A/S is a well-known marine engineering and naval architecture firm with a successful history of designing a variety of vessels that serve offshore oil fields in some of the most hostile seas in the world.

In making the announcement, R.J. Shopf, president of Halter Marine said: "This agreement reflects our interest in offering a proven line of versatile vessels that can work in such areas as the North Sea, Beaufort Sea, North Atlantic, and just about any hostile weather area in the world. The Maritime Engineering vessels give us proven designs, backed by extensive cold water experience coupled with the high-quality productivity of our six shipyards." He added Halter will continue to offer its own line of vessels including its new 225-foot Sea Titan series, and indicated that even larger designs are on the Halter drawing boards now.

Two of the Maritime Engineering vessels that are available now from Halter are the ME 303 and ME 202. The ME 303 is a deepwater, anchor/handling, tug7 supply boat designed to handle the anchors of the new generation of semisubmersible drilling rigs.

The 223-foot, 12,000-bhp vessel features large capacities and deadweight carrying capabilities, a sophisticated two drum anchor' handling winch with over 150- tons of winch pull, a carefully planned layout including allowances for fire fighting, and economical engines that allow for the use of heavy bunker fuel.

The ME 202 is a 220-foot, 6,000-kva, 7,200-bhp, diesel electric platform supply vessel. It is designed to carry a higher payload than normal supply boats while remaining within conventional size. Twin screw, independent spade type rudders with two bowthrusters forward and one aft make the vessel highly maneuverable.

Cargo discharge from the ME 202 should be possible in winds up to 40-knots and a 3-knot current without using anchors by use of a combination of 360- degree azimuthing main propulsion units, two 2,000-bhp, two 900-bhp bowthrusters, and joystick control.

The ME 202's high fuel economy is further enhanced by the design's allowance for the use of heavy bunker fuel.

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