Balehi Marine Christens Twin-Screw Harbor Utility Boat

The twin-screw harbor utility boat Pelican, was recently christened by Balehi Marine Inc. of Lacombe, La., for the vessel's owner Martin Marietta at a NASA slip.

The ceremonies were attended by Mike Gnau, project engineer; Guy Keller, contract administrator; J.S. Checkan, chief engineer; Bill Knodles, harbor master; Kenny Miller, project engineer; Jay Heitzman; and Doug Fogg, project engineer, all representing Martin Marietta/NASA. Also in attendance were Balehi Marine representatives, David P. Levy, designer; Donald Arroyo, president; Dennis Frantz, vice president, sales & administration; and Donna Dunnegan.

The Pelican has an overall length of 35 feet, width of 13 feet, depth of 5 feet 6 inches and normal operating draft of 3 feet 6 inches.

The vessel is powered by a GM671, which produces 174 hp at 1,800 rpm. She will be used to shift barges at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans, La.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 16,  Jan 15, 1986

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