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work, but construction was taken over at the end of February by Blount interests and was completed by Blount Boats,

Inc., a new company wholly owned by the Blount family.

The new company is continuing with several new vessels presently under con- struction. Luther H. Blount is

President, Bradford C. Bernardo is

Executive Vice President of the opera- tion, Marcia Blount is Controller and

Julie Blount is Human Resources


For more information from Blount

Circle 37 on Reader Service Card 10,850-HP AHTS Joins

Seabulk Offshore Fleet

The Seabulk Offshore group of com- panies added a new UT-710 Anchor

Handling Tug Supply Vessel (AHTS) to its fleet, making the 226-ft. Seabulk

South Atlantic the fifth newbuild vessel in Seabulk's 2003 fleet renewal pro- gram.

Built by Brevik Construction AS in

Norway, the 10,850-hp Seabulk South

Atlantic joins the Seabulk fleet on a five-year bareboat charter agreement that includes a purchase option at the end of the contract.

The Seabulk South Atlantic produces speeds up to 15.5 knots, has a certified bollard pull of 133 metric tons, and pro- vides a hefty triple-drum anchor han- dling/tow winch with up to 300 tons line pull and 450 tons brake load. The ves- sel also offers a large 123 by 50-ft. deck that can handle up to 800 tons of cargo.

Designed by Rolls Royce Marine, the

UT-710 incorporates a substantial amount of Rolls Royce equipment, including the main engines, thruster,

October 2003 rudder, automation and control systems.

Fitted with high Liquid Mud and Brine capability as well as Fire Fighting FiFi I class notation and Dynamic Positioning

DP 1, the vessel's versatile capabilities allow her to serve in a multiple support role assisting heavy-duty semi-sub- mersible rigs for exploration and devel- opment drilling, as well as fulfilling the rapidly growing demand for offshore terminal support work.

Earlier this year, Seabulk announced the addition of a newbuild Platform

Supply Vessel (PSV) to its West Africa fleet — Seabulk Africa, two newbuild bareboat charters — AHTS Seabulk

Badamyar and PSV Seabulk Nilar — for

Indonesia, a new line-handler for Brazil — Seabulk Ipanema, and two newbuild

PSVs for Brazil to be delivered in 2004

Vessels and 2005. With operations in nearly two dozen countries, the Seabulk Offshore group is Seabulk International's largest business segment, accounting for about half of total revenues.

Seabulk Offshore's global fleet of 116 vessels serves customers in North

America, South America and the

Caribbean, West Africa, the Middle

East, and Southeast Asia.

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Stocking Distributors:

Waterman Supply Company 910 Mahar, Wilmington, CA 90744, U.S.A. 1-800-322-3131

Tel (310) 522-9698 • Fax (310) 522-1043

Anchor Marine &

Industrial Supply, Inc. 6545 Lindbergh, Houston, TX 77087, U.S.A. 1-800-233-8014

Tel (713) 644-1183* Fax (713) 644-1185

Cruise Ship Terminal

URETHANE PRODUCTS CORPORATION • 9076 R0SECRANS AVENUE • BELLFL0WER • CALIFORNIA • 90706 1-800-913-0062 • 1-562-630-4982 • Fax 1-562-630-6974 •

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