Bollinger Delivers Patrol Boat

In time of heightened security, the new 87-ft. (26.5 m) coastal patrol boat.

USCG Sturgeon, built by Bollinger Shipyards for the U.S. Coast Guard at Grand Isle, La. Was a welcome sight.

The new boat replaces the 82-ft. (24.9 m) patrol boat Point Sal, that was commissioned in 1966.

Sturgeon is the 36th of 50 nearly identical vessels being built by Bollinger for the Coast Guard in a contract worth more than $200 million.

The Sturgeon has a 17 ft. (5.1 m) beam and a 6 ft. (1.8 m) draft. It is powered by two MTU diesel engines with a top speed of 25 knots and a range of 882 n.m. It has a crew of ten and accommodations for 11.

The new shallow draft cutter is designed to operate up to 200 mi. offshore, as well as near shore. It is equipped with a larger pilothouse than the boat it replaces, providing 360- degree visibility with an integrated and sophisticated command and control system.

It also has a stern launch and recovery system for a small aluminum boat with rubber side guards (RIB) that improves efficiency and safety over the present crane launch and recovery system employed on the boat it replaces.

Sturgeon is capable of meeting its maritime missions of search and rescue, law enforcement, marine environmental response and protection, commercial vessel safety, recreational boating safety and national defense. It is designed to work closely with the Coast Guard's future deep-water assets and all of its aircraft. The cutter is uniquely capable of providing home defense and is expected to provide added security for Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) and offshore energy platforms.

According to Boysie Bollinger, the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11 have once again focused attention on the Coast Guard and its inestimable value to our country and its homeland security. Within minutes after the attacks on the World Trade Towers, Coast Guard Cutters and their crews were assisting in the area emergency response agencies. They transported medical aid and logistical personnel and provided security for New York harbor.

tor tugs that they have recently constructed for McAllister Towing and Transportation Company, Inc. Vieki M.

McAllister, slated for operations in the Philadelphia area, is a 5,000 hp vessel measuring 96 x 34 x 15 ft. (29.2 x 10.3 x 4.5 m) tug. It was designed by Jensen Maritime Consultants of Seattle, Wash., and built and classed by ABS A1 Towing- AMS. It is powered by two EMD 12-645-E7B engines and two Schottel Model SRP-1212FP Z drives producing up to 60 tons of bollard pull. NETEC hawser winches Model X2671 are mounted fore and aft holding 475 ft. of 10 in circumference line. Firefighting equipment consists of Detroit Diesel 8 V- 71TI diesel engine driving a Goulds 3410-8 in. by 10 in. pump, which produces 3000 gpm that is distributed to two 1500 gal. Elkhart fire monitors.

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