Atlantic Marine Delivers 1,200-Passenger 'Empress/ New Illinois Casino Boat

Atlantic Marine, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., recently delivered the Empress to Des Plaines River Entertainment Corporation, Joliet, 111.

The 222- by 66-foot twin deck casino vessel, with a capacity for 1,200 passengers and 100 crew, will offer gam- 14 ing cruises on the Des Plaines River.

Designed by Rodney E. Lay Associates, Inc., Jacksonville, the vessel is powered by two Caterpillar 3412 TA marine engines turning ZF BW251 reduction gears with a 4.13:1 ratio. Caterpillar also supplied the following machinery: two 3508,715- kw generator sets, which provide shipboard electrical service; a 3304NA, 113-kw generator set for emergency power; and a 3208TA engine to power the Schottel SST170 48-inch bow thruster.

Its impressive Las Vegas-style interiors were designed by Directions in Design of St. Louis. The two grand ballroom-sized casinos are located on the upper and main decks.

Deck access is provided by a 27- person Montgomery hydraulic elevator.

Electronic equipment on the vessel includes a Furuno 1730 radar, a Datamarine International 300 depth sounder, and VHF radios from Icom and Si-tex.

In addition to the Empress, Atlantic Marine has delivered three other casino boats. Two, the Diamond Lady and Emerald Lady, formerly operated out of Iowa, while a third, the Par-A-Dice, operates out of Illinois. The Diamond Lady and the Emerald Lady will reportedly be moved to Biloxi, Miss., shortly.

Established in 1964, Atlantic Marine constructs all types of vessels including dinner boats, ferry boats, research vessels, tugs, barges and fishing vessels for domestic and international owners.

On the international side, Atlantic is building a steel hull twin-screw passenger/vehicle ferry for the Resort Hotel Playa Tambor. The 130- foot ferry Tambor, scheduled for delivery in September 1992, will operate between Puntarenas and Paquera on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. The Caterpillar-powered vessel will have a capacity of375 people and between 16 to 18 cars and six trucks or buses.

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