Leevac Shipyards Delivers First New Supply Vessel Built In U.S. Since 1986
Leevac Shipyards, Jennings, La., recently delivered the Cape Hatteras, the first new supply vessel to be built in the U.S. since 1986, to Sea Mar Operators of Lafayette, La. The vessel is 200 feet long with a beam of 40 feet and a normal draft of 15 feet, a size that enables it to operate in the deeper waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
Classed by the American Bureau of Shipping for full ocean service, the Cape Hatteras has a gross tonnage of 872 tons. She has an installed power of 3,000 bhp from twin EMD diesels of type 12-645-C.A Schottel bow thruster has been installed for improved maneuverability, driven by a 600 bhp 16F992NA Detroit Diesel engine. Two BV71 Detroit Diesel-powered generators of 125-kw output meet electrical requirements. The vessel has crew quarters for 21, and attention has been paid to comfort, with a separate lounge area for TV viewing.
The Cape Hatteras has been placed on charter to the Western Company of North America, which has installed its own equipment on the after deck for geophysical survey work, with additional controls in the wheelhouse.
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