Blue Streak Industries Delivers First Lift Boat With 110-Foot "legs'

Blue Streak Industries, Inc. of Pearlington, Miss., recently delivered what is said to be the first self-elevating, self-propelled lift boat with 110-foot "legs" in operation in the Gulf of Mexico.

The new 64- by 32- by 7-foot vessel, the Blue Streak 14, is equipped with three 110-foot legs which, when lowered to the seafloor, make the boat a stable platform from which a variety of work can be performed.

According to Blue Streak president Dennis L. Good and the company's vessel operations affiliate in Belle Chasse, La., the new boat is the 17th vessel to enter the fleet, and the 39th boat built by Blue Streak.

"This boat is a welcome addition to our fleet," said Mr. Good, "because it fills the gap between our 100 and 130 class lift boats. To my knowledge, it will be the only jack-up in the Gulf of Mexico with 110-foot legs." The Blue Streak 14 features an open deck area of 1,600 square feet and can carry up to 110,000 pounds of deck cargo. She is equipped with a 25-ton-capacity, 60-foot boom crane, and a 7.5-ton-capacity, 40-foot boom crane. The American Bureau of Shipping rules were used as guidelines in both design and construction.

The lift boat, which is powered by two Detroit Diesel 8V71N diesel engines, cruises at 8 knots and has two 50-kw generators aboard. It can jack itself up at a speed of 9-10 feet per minute utilizing a closed loop hydraulics system.

The vessel has modern quarters and galley accommodations for 20, including its two-man crew. It can carry 1,500 gallons of fuel oil, and 2,000 gallons of potable water.

Blue Streak Industries is one of the world's largest builders of lift boats. The company also has manufacturing licensing agreements with shipyards in Brazil and Singapore.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 30,  Nov 1985

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