Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. delivered the first of two new design offshore supply vessels to L&M Bo-Truc Rental Inc., of Golden Meadow, La. M/V Cheramie Botruc 38 the first of two identical offshore supply vessels
was delivered early this summer and the second vessel
, Cheramie Botruc 39, was to follow in late September after builder's trials
. The vessels are the latest in a new Bollinger/L&M Bo-Truc 191-ft. platform supply boat design that meets all new regulatory requirements including DPS1 and are under 200 gross tons. Slotted between Bollinger's new 166-ft. and 207-ft. supply vessels, the new 191-ft. boat can be compared to 180-ft. and 185-ft. OSVs, which were considered standards for Gulf of Mexico (GOM) service in the 1980's and 1990's. In addition to being 191-ft. in overall length, the new boats each have a beam of 46-ft. and a 15-ft. depth. Each is powered by two Cummins KTA50-M2 diesel engines developing 1,600 bhp each at 1,800 rpm. They drive NiBrAl propellers through Twin Disc MG 5600 reduction gears with a ratio of approximately 6:1. Liquid Mud capacity is 2,500 barrels and Dry Bulk capacity is 4,800 cu. ft.