Balehi Marine Delivers 1,800-HP Towboat 'Lake Charles' To Conoco Oil Company

Balehi Marine, Inc., Lacombe, La., recently delivered the 1,800- horsepower towboat Lake Charles to Conoco Oil Company. Based on Balehi Marine's standard 1,800- 2,400-hp towboat design, the Lake Charles has a length of 81 feet, beam of 28 feet, depth of 11 feet and draft of 7 feet 6 inches. She has a fuel oil capacity of 42,200 gallons, lube oil capacity of 337 gallons, dirty oil capacity of 337 gallons and freshwater capacity of 14,700 gallons.

All steel-hulled boat is powered by twin GM 16V-149 diesel engines driving a pair of four-bladed stainless steel Kahlenberg propellers via Twin Disc MG 540 reduction gears with a reduction ratio of 7:1 with 7- inch diameter Aquamet shafting.

Keel cooling is provided by Fernstrum Grid coolers in recessed pockets.

Electrical power is supplied by two GM-4-71 diesel-driven generator sets rated at 50 kw at 1,200 rpm, 220 V-AC, three-phase, 60-cycle.

The Lake Charles, yard hull number 56, is fitted with two 40-ton electrohydraulic NABRICO winches.

Electronics, searchlights, horns, air compressors, steering, tendering, air conditioning and other major equipment will fitted according to the customer's specifications.

Quarters have been provided for a crew of six.

A sister vessel of the Lake Charles, the Choctaw, is expected to be delivered in January 1991.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 11,  Dec 1990

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