Two Louisiana Yards Awarded Environmental Vessel Contracts

Ecomarine USA recently awarded two Louisiana shipyards contracts to build the first of two series of multimission environmental vessels, model ECO-8OO and the model ECO-110. The vessels will monitor and control water pollution and clean up oil slicks and other chemi- cal spills.

Ecomarine, formed in late 1990, provides advanced technology and services for oil-spill response, marine pollution control and marine monitoring and mapping.

Trinity Marine Group of New Orleans was awarded a contract to begin production of the ECO-8OO, a 65-foot vessel that will serve as the flagship of the Ecomarine fleet. A contract to begin production of the ECO-llO, a 38-foot vessel that will be the workhorse of the Ecomarine fleet, was awarded Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, La.

Delivery of the first two vessels is due in June 1991.

The ECO-8OO and ECO-llO will be equipped with mechanical jaws designed to extract debris from the water with a powerful suction mechanism capable of consuming large volumes of oil and debris. The boats can also be outfitted with a technologically advanced system for monitoring water quality.

William S. Doyle, president of Ecomarine USA, said the vessels will be leased to government agencies, businesses and other groups concerned with keeping the nation's waterways clean.

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