Deepwater, Heavy-Duty Jackup Joins Blue Streak Marine Fleet

The Blue Streak Rabbit, a new self-elevating, self-propelled liftboat capable of serving offshore rigs in waters up to 100 feet deep, and lifting loads from its deck of up to 60 tons, has joined the Blue Streak Marine fleet. The vessel's deepwater capability and heavy-lift capacity can save contractors hundreds of thousands of dollars per job over other methods, according to Dennis Good, president of the Blue Streak companies that built and operate the boat.

The Rabbit is 101 feet 9 inches long, with a 69.5-foot beam and 9- foot depth. She is fitted with three 160-foot, 48-inch-diameter legs, permitting work in water up to 100 feet.

Her 2,240-square-foot open deck can accommodate 200,000 pounds of deck cargo, and her 60-ton-capacity Blue Streak crane has a lattice boom of 110 feet; an additional 20 feet of boom is available. The vessel is also equipped with a 15-ton auxiliary crane.

The new liftboat, which cruises at 12 knots, is powered by two Detroit Diesel 16V92N diesel engines developing 1,274 total bhp. Ship's service and other electrical power is provided by two 75-kw generators driven by two Detroit Diesel 671N engines.

The air conditioned vessel has quarters, galley, and laundry accommodations for a crew of 32, and is equipped with a water desalinization unit and a sewage treatment system. Capacities include 5,000 gallons of fuel oil, 6,000 gallons of potable water, 1,000 gallons of hydraulic oil, and 150 gallons of lube oil. The vessel can jack itself up at a speed of nine feet per minute using a closed-loop hydraulic system.

American Bureau of Shipping Rules were used as guidelines in both design and construction by Blue Streak Industries, Inc., which built the boat and the crane at its Pearlington, Miss., shipyard. The boat's operator, sister company Blue Streak Marine of Belle Chasse, La., operates one of the world's largest fleets of liftboats.

Blue Streak has manufacturing licensing agreements with shipyards in Brazil and Singapore.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 82,  Jun 1986

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