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360-Passenger 'Wave Piercer'
Delivered By Nichols Brothers
Pictured above are some of the guests who attended a luncheon recently at Daphne's
Restaurant, Sheraton Hotel near Port Ne- wark, Elizabeth, N.J. Left to right: Joseph
Walsh, Marine Transport Lines, Inc.;
Thomas Jones and Steve Makrinos of
Sea-Land Service, Inc., Edison, N.J.;
James D. Bolger, assistant general manager, marketing-esti- mating of Colonna's Shipyard, Inc.,
Norfolk, Va., was recently in the
New York area to address members of the technical staffs of leading shipowners at special luncheons sponsored by the yard's exclusive marketing representative-U.S. and
Canada, Walter Thorsen of Wal- ter Thorsen, Inc., Mahwah, N.J.
Mr. Bolger informed the guests of the present capacities of the yard including a floating drydock with a lifting capacity of 17,200 tons and three marine railways, largest of which can accommodate vessels up to 5,000 tons. He explained the firms 10-year improvement plant to update its facilities by adding more pier space and improving produc-
Charles Nealis, Bay Tankers, Inc.; Rich- ard Mushet, Mobil Oil Corp., Staten Is- land, N.Y.; and Walter Thorsen, market- ing representative for Colonna's Shipyard.
Other luncheons were held in Greenwich,
Conn., and uptown New York City. tion capabilities. The shipyard has had a cooperative working relation- ship with its employees since 1985 and has been operating at near full capacity. The yard offers its em- ployees a variety of incentive pro- grams to promote a team spirit with high morale.
Colonna's has been very success- ful with tugs/barge trade, U.S.
Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Mar-
Ad, and is endeavoring to increase their commercial business with the tug/barge trade and American/for- eign shipowners of all types of ves- sels.
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Looking somewhat like a cross between a catamaran and a hydro- foil, the 360-passenger wave piercer
M/V Nantucket Spray was recently delivered by Nichols Brothers Boat
Builders, Inc., Whidbey Island,
Wash., to Bay State Cruises of Mas- sachusetts.
The Nantucket Spray was de- signed by International Catamaran
Designs, Pty., Ltd., of Australia.
Four wave piercers have been built in Australia after nearly a decade of research by INCAT. Nichols Broth- ers , one of INCAT's licensees in the
U.S., has built a number of high- speed passenger catamarans, but none as unique as the wave piercer.
The vessel derives its name from its two slender catamaran hulls which tend to pierce waves rather than ride up over them. Streamlined struts suspend the passenger cabins above the waves, although the su- perstructure bottom is a trihederal shape to dampen wave shock when in high sea states.
At present, the Nantucket Spray is being operated by Bay State
Cruises between Boston and Nan- tucket Island. The vessel, which has a passenger capacity of 360 at 35 knots, makes one round trip daily from June to October.
The 121-foot vessel has a beam of 52 feet and draft of 4 feet 10 inches at full load. She is fitted with two fresh-water-cooled Deutz MWM
V16 TBD604 main diesel engines.
Coupled to ZF reduction gears, the engines produce 2,371 hp. The en- gines were supplied by KHD Cana- da, Inc. The gears drive KaMeWa 63-S62/6 waterjets. An engine room
The Nantucket Spray, a 35-knot, 360-passenger wave-piercing catamaran, was the first of her type ever built in the U.S. She was delivered by Nichols Brothers Boat Builders of
Whidbey Island, Wash.
James Bolger Of Colonna's Shipyard
Addresses Technical Staffs
Of Leading Shipowners
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