Moss Point Marine Delivers 'Nicor Power' To Nicor Marine

Moss Point Marine Inc. of Escatawpa, Miss., has delivered the 6,000-hp, 214-foot Nicor Power to Nicor Marine Inc., of New Orleans.

With her extraordinary horsepower and supply vessel capacities above and below decks, the 214 by 44 by 16 fits a new description of workboat. "This is certainly no regular offthe- shelf vessel built for regional use," pointed out a Moss Point Marine official. "She's custom designed, engineered and constructed for worldwide adaptability and performance." The Nicor Power has a propulsion system that starts with a set of EMD 16-645-E-7B main engines. Electric power is supplied by two Delco 150-kw 12V71 generators and auxiliary Detroit Diesel 12V71-N engines. For added maneuverability, a Harbor Master 550 bow thruster supplied by Murray & Tregurtha is included in the vessel's propulsion list. Engine controls were furnished by Wabco, while Continental Electric supplied the genset control panel. Kort nozzles, Coolidge stainlesssteel five-blade (102 « 110)) props and Reintjes reduction gears complete the propulsion package.

With all this power and size, the Nicor Power has a capacities list to match. Above deck, with a certified bollard pull strength of 80 tons, she features a Smatco hydraulic tugger winch powered by a Detroit Diesel 12V71 engine. Even with this equipment, her clear deck space measures 120 by 36. Other top deck equipment includes a powerful HBL double wildcat anchor windlass.

Below decks, the Nicor Power contains unusually large bulk mud, liquid mud, water and fuel storage capacities: 239,000 gallons of drill water; 21,000 gallons of potable water; 130,000 gallons of fuel; 1,300 barrels liquid mud; and 6,000 cubic feet bulk mud storage capacity.

Miscellaneous equipment on the vessel includes a Kahlenberg horn; Carlisle & Finch searchlights; Perko running and navigation lights; 12-man Switlik life rafts and an Avon inflatable rescue boat. Fuel, fire and bilge pumps were all supplied by Aurora.

Among her electronics list are a set of Furuno 1011 radars; Stephens SEA 106-1 SSB and Sailor RT-144 VHF radiotelephones; Sperry autopilot; TI 9000 Loran; Decca 801 SatNav; a pair of Simrad Skipper 603 depth sounders; EMI Ken Cognivich monitors and alarms and Epiliso Sperry MV37-D compass.

Crew quarters contain a total of 24 berths, complete galley with separate walk-in freezer and refrigerator and comfortable dining/recreation areas.

The Nicor Power is both USCG and ABS (Ice Class C) certified.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 40,  Oct 15, 1983

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