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    Neuville yard busy with Seacor Marine orders

    Yard News // November 7, 2003
    In mid October the crew at Neuville Boat Works in New Iberia, Louisiana were busy readying and painting their latest boat, the Colin B McCall for her November delivery.

    In the next bay to the Colin B, a second hull was plated while in the third bay and a newly framed hull was having the first aluminum plates welded in place prior to the hull turning. Word around the Louisiana bayous is that building activity has slowedbut the Neuville brothers, Errol and Kerry, seem confident that their yard will have steady work.

    The Colin B McCall, named for noted Cummins engineer Colin Black, is 160 by 30 feet with an aft deck that is 91.5 by 24.75 feet that can carry 280 long tons with about 7000 gallons of fuel on board. Seating is provided for a total of 68 passengers with 52 of those in business class seats.

    Main propulsion is provided by four Cummins KTA38 M2 engines delivering 1350 HP each in a Heavy Duty rating at 1900 RPM for a total of 5400 HP. A Thrustmaster 75 HP electric over hydraulic bow thruster is installed in a 24-inch tunnel. Electrical serviceis provided by two Cummins-powered 99 kW generator sets.

    The vessel's US gross registered tonnage in under 100 tons while the International Gross tonnage is under 400 tons. It is built to US Coast Guard Subchapter T/L and ABS load line. Tankage includes 20,986 gallons of fuel, 37,674 gallons of rig water and 1232 gallons of fresh water. Sleeping accommodation is provided for eight with two in single bunks and six in double bunk rooms.

    A second hull to these same dimensions was plated and work was progressing. The third hull, that had been framed only, is slightly larger at 167 feet. It will receive the same Cummins KTA 38 M2 engine package but will be propelled by jets rather than thepropellers used on the first two.

    Neuville delivered the 170 by 34 foot crew boat Randall B McCall earlier this year. The Randall is powered by four Cummins KTA50 main engines each delivering 1800 HP at 1900 RPM for a total of 7200 HP. The propeller driven boat is DP equipped. and features variable ratio Twin Disc MG-6848 gears to accommodate the high horsepower engines.

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