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    Bollinger delivers economical PSV

    Vessel & ROV News // March 5, 2004
    Bollinger Shipyards of Lockport, Louisiana has launched a new design PSV for L&M Bo-Truc Rental, the design of which was developed in close cooperation with the operator, who is based in Golden Meadow, Louisiana, and has ordered two ships based on the new design.

    The hull of the first vessel, Cheramie Botruc, was launched February 6th, 2004 and is due to be delivered in June; the second vessel, Cheramie Botruc 39 is due to follow it into service about three months thereafter.

    The design is a new 191ft PSV that meets all new regulatory requirements including DPS1 and is less than 200 gross tons.

    Slotted between Bollinger's new 166ft and 207ft supply vessels, the new 191ft vessel can be contrasted to 180-foot and 185-foot OSVs, which were considered "standards" for Gulf of Mexico service in the 1980s and 1990s.

    "By comparison," said Danny Irby, executive vice president new construction, of Bollinger, "the old 180s carried around 1,750 barrels of liquid mud and 3,500 cubic feet of dry mud. Our new 191 can carry 2,500 barrels of liquid mud and 4,800 cubic feet ofdry bulk mud. The older boats usually carried around 500 tons of cargo on approximately 4,000 square feet of aft deck space. Our new boat can carry 900 long tons on her deck that has almost 5,000 square feet of clear deck cargo area."

    He added that the older GOM standards carried around 61,000 gallons of fuel oil while the new Bollinger design more than doubles that with a 125,000-gallon capacity. "That," he said, "gives the 191 more revenue time serving offshore installations and less time returning to base for fuel."

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