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Bollinger Delivers Seacor Eagle Bollinger Shipyards, Inc., Lockport, La., delivered Seacor Eagle, the first of two 145 x 36 x 10-ft. (44.1 x 10.9 x 3 m) supply/utility vessels for Seacor Marine, Inc., Houston, Tex. Seacor Hawk, a nearly identical sister ship, is scheduled for delivery in mid November 2001.

"Seacor Eagle is typical of the flexibility and versatility of our 145 ft. supply/ utility boat to meet the needs of a variety of operators of large, medium and small fleets," said Walter Berry, executive vice president and COO of Bollinger. "The fact that it meets and exceeds new regulatory requirements and is full ABS 100 gt and less than 500 gt makes this design more attractive and profitable for any operator." Powered by two Cummins KTA- 38MO diesel engines, which develop a total of 1,500 bhp at 1,600 rpm, the engines drive a pair of Bollinger 72 x 57-in. stainless steel propellers through Twin Disc MG5301 reverse/reduction gears. Steering is provided by a Jastram steering system and anchors are handled by a Coastal Marine Equipment system.

Two 99KW Cummins generators driven by two Cummins 6CTA8.3G diesels produce electrical power via Power Panels, Inc., switchgear with temporary paralleling capabilities. Two Quincy F- 325-L-2 air compressors start the engines. A Schottel STT110 bowthruster driven by a Cummins N-14 engine provides additional maneuverability and a Stang fire monitoring system with a 2,500 gpm capacity is mounted atop the pilot house to fight fires.

Seacor Eagle offers its owner 2,800 sq. ft. of aft deck space with a maximum deck load of 390 tons. It has four mud tanks with a total capacity of 50,000 gallons of liquid drilling muds. Other capacities are over 60,000 gallons of fuel: 560 gallons of oil, and over 10,000 gallons of fresh water.

Nav/Com equipment includes two JRC 48 mile radars; a Furuno GP31 GPS; a Comnav 1001 autopilot; a Furuno HF150W radio; two Standard Horizon Intrepid VHF radios with two remotes, and a Raytheon 430 Loudhailer with horns in key locations that double as the boat's public address system.

Boskalis Expands Fleet W i t h The Coastway Coastway, a new 4,900 cubic meter trailing suction hopper dredger for Westminster Dredging Company of Fareham, was launched in November 2001 at the Merwede Shipyard in Hardinxveld-Giessendam. Mrs. J.M.

van Gelder-Wolff, wife of R. van Gelder, chairman of the board of Management of Royal Boskalis Westminster nv, will perform the inauguration and launch of the Coastway.

The Coastway, with its shallow draught and large loading capacity, has been designed to carry out on and foreshore beach replenishment, dredging and maintenance work in shallow water, which generally involves silt, sand, gravel and soft clay. Its jetwater installation allows for dredging of densely packed material. The Coastway is also prepared for the desalination of sand from sea. The adjustable dredge pump speed by a special type gearbox provides the control of the mixture speed and power.

Boskalis will deploy the Coastway primarily for dredging operations on short and medium-range distances.

The Coastway, ordered by Boskalis in December 2000, will be complete at the yard for commissioning and will be put to service by March 2002.

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