Swiftships Delivers Aluminum MTU-Powered Service Vessel

A new general service boat, PBR/131 (shown above), has been designed and built by Swiftships, Inc. of Morgan City, La. The USCG-approved, all-aluminum vessel is owned by Mariner Equipment, Inc., and operated by PBR Offshore Marine Corporation, also of Morgan City.

According to Swiftships' technical director Calvin LeLeux, "This boat is an ideal multipurpose vessel. It was specially designed to be versatile in use, travel at a good rate of speed, and maintain smooth maneuverability." Three MTU 8V396TC82 main engines combine with ZF BW 255 2:1 reduction gears turning 38- inch by 40-inch bronze, four-blade Columbian wheels to provide PBR/131 with speeds up to 25 knots. Power onboard the boat is p r o v i d e d by two International Electric 50-kw generators powered by Detroit Diesel 4-71 engines.

Bibbins & Rice supplied and installed all electronics. Instruments include a Furuno FR-711 radar; two radiotelephones, a Stephens SEA-122 SSB radio, and a Texas Instruments 2100 VHF radio; a TI 9000 A Loran by Texas Instruments ; a Raytheon F 720 D Depth Sounder, and a Danforth compass.

The 120-foot craft has a 10-foot depth with a 9-foot appendage draft loaded, 6 feet when empty.

Fuel tanks hold 10,050 gallons, which gives the vessel 90 hours endurance. It carries 800 gallons of potable water and 13,250 gallons of drill water. With a cargo deck area of 60 feet by 18 feet, PBR/131 can carry 100 tons of materials and supplies.

It is fully outfitted to house a six-man crew. This rugged boat also features complete firefighting capabilities, life-saving gear, and air-conditioning and heating throughout. PBR/131 will perform a variety of nautical functions for PBR Offshore Marine in the Gulf of Mexico.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 14,  Mar 15, 1981

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