Big Supply Vessel 'Nicor Sailor' Converted By Eastern Marine

The Nicor Sailor (ex-Acadian Sailor) is now one of the largest-capacity supply boats in the Gulf of Mexico.

This Nicor Marine vessel (shown above), which suffered an on-board fire in the Gulf in April 1984, has been completely rebuilt for a new assignment—to haul supplies for drilling operators exploring for oil and gas in deepwater Gulf tracts.

The new Sailor, rebuilt by Eastern Marine, Inc. of Panama City, Fla., boasts features demanded most for deepwater supply work—a silicon-controlled rectifier (SCR) diesel-electric propulsion system, exceptional below-deck cargo capacities, and one of the largest open deck cargo areas available in the Gulf today. Capacities include 6,360 cubic feet of bulk mud and cement, 2,094 barrels of liquid mud, 148,004 gallons of fuel oil, 6,879 barrels of drill water, 44,760 gallons of potable water, and 800 long tons of deck cargo.

The rebuilt vessel has an overall length of 217 feet, beam of 44 feet, draft of 13.5 feet, and can accommodate a crew of 23. The clear deck measures 146 by 36 feet.

Since its founding in 1976, Eastern Marine has built a reputation as one of the industry's most respected shipbuilders. "The high quality of workmanship displayed at Eastern Marine resulted in our taking delivery of a vessel clearly superior to the Sailor when newly built, "said Glen Fornell, Nicor Marine president.

Despite the complexities of the extensive rebuilding job, the shipyard delivered the Sailor on schedule.

The seven-month project included rebuilding the engine and SCR control rooms; replacing all equipment and fixtures in the galley, staterooms, and common areas, as well as all bridge electronic equipment and fixtures; refurbishing auxiliary equipment, pumps, and motors; and reconfiguring the vessel for offshore supply service with wood decking on the main deck, cargo rails, and refurbished bulk mud system.

Eastern Marine also installed a fixed Halon fire-fighting system for machinery spaces, and four largecapacity, liquid-mud tanks and related pumping equipment. All main diesel generator sets were replaced or rebuilt.

The Nicor Sailor has been completely recertified by the U.S. Coast Guard and the American Bureau of Shipping.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 6,  Sep 1985

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