47 August 18, 1998
Utility Boat Building for C&E
Next December, Betty Cheramie and Robert Eymard Sr., the C&E of C&E Boat Rental Inc., will be taking delivery of the first of two new 146X36-foot utility boats. With a molded depth of 12 feet the boat will have a 10.5-foot maximum draft. Designed by Frank Basile of Entech & Associates, these well found and versatile boats are expected to find a ready market in the Gulf of Mexico oil patch alongside C&E's existing fleet of five utility vessels. That fleet currently includes three 110-footers, one 135-footer and a similar 145-footer that they launched in August of 1997. Main engines on the new 12-knot boat are a pair of Cummins KTA 38MO V-12 diesels supplied by Cummins Mid-South of Kenner Louisiana, each delivering 750 hp at 1600 RPM continuous. The engines drive through Karl Senner-supplied 5:1 Reintjes WAF-561 gears to 72X62-inch open props. A Schottel bow thruster will be powered by a 300 hp Cummins NT855. A pair of Cummins 6CT 8.3 litre engines power 99 kw gen sets. One of these auxilaries has a front mounted Twin DiscSL211 power take off for the hydraulic mud pump.
Tankage on the utility boat will include: fuel 38,000 gallons, water 120,000 gallons, drilling mud 1100 barrels. The boat will carry up to 410 long tons of cargo on its 90X32-foot aft deck. It will also have space for up to 16 passengers.
The vessels are building at R&S Fabricators in Lockport, Louisiana.
For further information contact:
Frank J. Basile, P.E.