Swiftships Delivers Second 117-Foot Tug To Otto Candies

Swiftships, Inc. of Morgan City, La., recently delivered the second of a two-tug boat order, the 117- foot Ben Candies to Otto Candies Inc. of Des Allemandes, La.

The vessel measures 117 feet long, by 34 feet wide, and is 17 feet deep. The tug is powered by two EMD-16-645-E6 main diesel engines, with two Reintjes model 2650 gears having a ratio of 5:1, driving two Coolidge 117 by 86.1- inch propellers.

Built to ABS classification, Ice Class C, the Ben Candies capacities include 129,000 gallons of fuel oil; 8,500 gallons of ballast; 11,800 gallons of potable water, 3,500 gallons of lube oil; 700 gallons of hydraulic oil; and has accommodations for a crew of nine persons.

Electronic equipment includes two Furuno FR711 radars; a Raytheon Ray 350 loudhailer; a Furuno LC70 Loran; a Panasonic RF4900 short wave receiver; two Apelco Clipper 82 VHFs; a Hull 255 SSB; an Okeanos RS5000 Sat/ Nav; and a Datamarine 2650 depth sounder.

The tug is equipped with a single wildcat windlass by Markey, a TDSD32 Markey towing winch; and a Halon fixed flooding firefighting system. Vessel coatings are by Ameron.

Immediately after delivery, the tug assisted in the towing of a unique new unloading platform for Exxon Co. U.S.A. The 1,078- foot-tall offshore drilling platform, is designed with guylines that allow it to move slightly in hurricane force winds, 70-foot high waves or strong currents. It is located in the Gulf of Mexico in 1,000 feet of water about 110 miles south of New Orleans. (See story at right.)

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 52,  Aug 1983

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