Bollinger delivers Elsa Leigh to Aries MarineVessel & ROV News // September 12, 2003
Elsa Leigh is the new name for the former Seacor Clipper, following an extensive renovation at Bollinger's Morgan City shipyard.
Much of the work on the vessel involved mechanical systems in the hull and replacement of about 30 per cent of the boat's steel. The vessel was brought up to ABS DPS 1, FiFi1 and GMDSS Area 3 certification.
Her two main EMD engines were removed and rebuilt by NREC in Houma, Louisiana, who boosted their power from 1,250hp each to 1,500hp each. The vessel's old reverse/reduction gears were replaced with re-conditioned Falk gears to accommodate the higher horsepower and her two drive shafts were re-conditioned at Bollinger.
Elsa Leigh's Detroit Diesel 12V71 generator sets were "tuned up" and a Cummins KT-19 M3 700hp diesel engine replaced the existing Detroit Diesel bow thruster engine. That engine was re-conditioned and used to drive a fire pump that serves two new 11,000GPM Stang fire monitors that Bollinger added to the boat.
Bollinger also adapted the stern to accommodate a Schottel thruster unit powered by a Cummins KT-19 M4 600HP diesel engine delivering 600hp. Two Cummins 6CT diesels were added to power new mud pumps and to drive Quincy air compressors that deliver dry bulk drilling mud.
The ship's dry and liquid drilling mud systems were totally upgraded.