Leevac To Build Casino Boat To Rodney E. Lay Design

Jacksonville, Fla., naval architects and marine engineers Rodney E. Lay & Associates is completing construction detail drawings for a new 210-foot sidewheel casino vessel which will be owned and operated by Players International and Southern Illinois Riverboat Casino Cruises in Metropolis, 111. The sidewheeler will be built at Leevac Shipyards, Jennings, La., and will meet U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter "H" passenger vessel requirement.

The delivery of the vessel is scheduled for February 1993.

The sidewheeler will have casinos on the main, boiler and hurricane decks, and a canopied fourth deck. All offices, stores, hard and soft count areas and major deck machinery spaces are located below the main deck.

Main propulsion is by two MTU 12V 183-TE62 diesels, rated at 735 hp at 2,000 rpm, with ZF BW255 reverse reduction gears. Maneuverability is supported by a Schottel SST-170-T, 400-hp bow thruster with MTU 12V 183-AA91 thruster engine.

The main generating plant consists of two MTU 8V 396-TE-54, 720-kw generators. Lo-Rez vibration isolators are utilized with all major machinery. Matthews will supply a three-station steering system.

Air conditioning for the casino boat consists of two Carrier 105.8 ton A/C units with twin P/S chill water/hot water circulating systems.

A fully automatic boiler shares the circulation system for heating.

Interior design is by Direction In Design of St. Louis and gaming equipment and layout by IGT.

Other riverboat casino vessels designed by Rodney E. Lay & Associates include: the 190-foot Casino Rock Island, also built by Leevac Shipyards; the 222-foot "Casino Cat" Empress, built by Atlantic Marine(see article this issue); Mississippi Grand's moored 310-foot sternwheeler; and a 350-foot sternwheeler for Palace Station.

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