Gulf Fleet M a r i n e Adds 9 5 t h Vessel To Expanding O f f s h o r e Service Fleet

A 95th vessel has recently been added to Gulf Fleet Marine Corporation's growing list of offshore service boats, according to Richard M. Currence, president of the New Orleans, La.-based firm.

Gulf Fleet has accepted delivery of the Gulf Fleet No. 37, the largest supply boat ever built by Quality Shipyards, Inc., an affiliated company located in Houma, La.

Mr. Currence said the new vessel has been placed in service in the Gulf of Mexico and is specially equipped with extra large tanks to carry 6,000 cubic feet of bulk mud and 2,000 barrels of liquid mud for the offshore industry.

A sistership is expected to enter service in the near future.

The Gulf Fleet No. 37 measures 205 feet by 42 feet by 17 feet.

The vessel's twin 16-645E7 EMD engines developed in excess of 6,100 horsepower and drive the boat at a top speed of 13 knots.

The boat is equipped with an Aurora Fire Monitor driven by a 12V71 Detroit Diesel engine, and is capable of projecting 800 gallons of water per minute for a distance of 440 feet. It is also equipped with an Intercontinental DW225 winch with 340,000 pounds of line pull on a 3,000-foot, 21/|-inch cable.

The anchor windlass is powered by a 40 horsepower Smatco engine with 2,300 feet of lU-inch chain. There are two 2,500-pound anchors and an anchor wash-down system.

The vessel carries 186,500 gallons of fuel oil, 1,700 gallons of lube oil, a dirty oil tank of 1,700 gallons, 1,000 gallons of hydraulic oil, 1,000 gallons of gear oil, and 23,850 gallons of potable water.

Steering is provided by a Sperry Universal autopilot, with a Sperry SR130 gyrocompass, located in a forward aft pilothouse.

Emergency steering can also be provided from the engine room.

Electronic equipment includes a Decca 708 Loran C, a SSB Motorola Triton, two Decca 914C radars, a Raytheon F720D depth finder, two Drake MRT55 7VHF radiotelephones, and company FM radio by Motorola.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 12,  Mar 15, 1980

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