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    Handy supply vessel for Gulf of Mexico

    Vessel & ROV News // March 11, 2008

    Port Eads is Home Ported in New Orleans.

    Robert Perez, owner of Romeo Pappa LLC has recently put into service the newly built supply vessel Port Eads.

    Designed by Frank Basile’s Entech & Associates in Houma, Louisiana, the boat was built by St Johns Ship Building of Palatka, Florida.

    At 166ft by 40ft the boat carries a little more beam than some giving it a 100ft by 32ft clear aft cargo deck. The beam, together with a 14ft depth, give the boat some big capacities including 97,093 gallons of cargo water, 50,000 gallons of fuel, and 1,200 barrels of drilling fluids.

    Additional tankage is provided for 5,356 gallons of potable water.

    A 152 cubic foot walk-in cooler is also built in. Light draft is 5.8ft while maximum draft on the 837 long ton deadweight vessel is 12ft.

    Propulsion is provided by a pair of Cummins KTA38 main engines delivering a combined 2,500hp to Twin Disc 5.96:1 gears and 72 x 72 stainless steel four-blade propellers. The boat also has a 300hp bow thruster and two 99kW gen-sets. 

    Transfer rates for both fuel and cargo water are 500 gallons per minute at 160ft. Drilling fluids can be pumped to 200ft at 450gpm.
    The ABS Loadline classed vessel is certified to carry up to 26 people with two six-man, two four-man and three two-person staterooms.

    Galley seating is for 16 people and all accommodation areas of air-conditioned.

    Performance speeds are 13 knots at 70 gallons per hour and 11 knots at 50 gallons per hour. 
    Port Eads is Home Ported in New Orleans and is 99 GRT and 67 NRT.

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