Halter Delivers Large Pilot Boat For Middle East Service

Halter Marine, Inc., New Orleans, recently delivered the 87- foot pilot boat Elalat 9 to Marine and T r a n s p o r t a t i o n Services (Saudi), Ltd. The lightweight, steel-hull vessel will transport pilots and pollution-control authorities to and from oil tankers at the giant Sea Island petroleum port off the coast of Ras Tanura, Saudi Arabia.

The Elalat 9 reaches speeds of 20 mph powered bv her GM Detroit Diesel 116V-92TA diesel engines, each rated 850 bhp at 2,100 rpm. The reduction gears are Twin Disc MG-527 with a ratio of 2.92:1. The welded aluminum superstructure is insulated from the steel hull to prevent electrolytic corrosion. She has accom- modations for six crewmen and is equipped with complete galley and mess facilities. A spacious lounge is also provided for the pilots.

The vessel has a fuel capacity of 6,000 gallons and fresh water capacity of 3,000 gallons. Two Detroit Diesel 3-71, 30-kw generators provide electrical power.

One generator set is arranged for power takeoff to an Aurora pump and Elkhart fire monitor to pump 500 gpm of water for off-ship firefighting.

The Elalat 9 was built to American Bureau of Shipping requirements for small passenger vessels, and was certified +A-1, restricted to area of operation.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 14,  Feb 15, 1981

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