Halter Delivers Second Supply Boat To Gonsoulin Enterprises
A new tug/supply vessel, the Charleston, has been delivered by Halter Marine, Inc., New Orleans, La., to Gonsoulin Enterprises of Houma, La.
The new boat, second of two built recently at Halter for Gonsoulin, has overall dimensions of 185 feet in length, with a 40-foot beam and 14-foot depth.
Propulsion is provided by two rebuilt EMD- 16-645C engines developing 1,500 horsepower each at 900 rpm. She is equipped with Falk reduction gears with a ratio of 2.968:1, and swings two 90-inch four-bladed propellers. Electrohydraulic steering and autopilot were supplied by Sperry. Maneuverability and station keeping are enhanced by a 300-hp Bird- Johnson bowthruster.
The vessel is equipped with a bulk mud system comprised of six tanks with a capacity of 6,000 cubic feet.
Auxiliary machinery includes two Delco 98-kw generators, two Quincy air compressors, a Deming sanitary water system, a 30-point engine monitoring alarm system, and a Barnes fire protection system.
Communications and navigation equipment include VHF and single sideband radios, two Decca radars, Ritchie magnetic compass, Bendix Loran, S p e r r y g y r o c o m p a s s and Raytheon depth sounder.
The Charleston is ABS classed, A - l Maltese Cross, full ocean towing, AMS ice class "C". She carries a Panama Canal admeasurement certificate, and is U.S. Public Health approved. The Charleston was built at the Moss Point, Miss., Division of Halter Marine, one of 10 shipyards owned and operated by Halter in the Southeastern United States.
Halter is the world's largest builder of supply vessels for the offshore oil and gas industry.