In most North American ports the bunkering of ships is often done with tank barges. In at least one port lube oils are delivered to deep sea ships at anchor by a tank truck that drives right onto a flat bed truck. But Norfolk, Va.-based Marine Oil Services
has taken the lead with the construction of environmentally friendly double-hulled tankers. The company took delivery of its first vessel in November 2005. The 88 x 27-ft. boat has proven itself at work in New York. The owners have now gone back to the builder, C&G Boat Works in Mobile, Alabama, with an order for two more boats to the same design. Each of these small ships has tankage for up to 52,626 gallons of oil.
The vessel that was delivered in 2005 is named Rolf Williams in recognition of the man who founded the company in 1958. Marine Oil Service is the largest distributor of marine lubricants on the east coast with operations in New York, New Jersey, Virginia
and North Carolina.
The two vessels on order at C&G Boat Works will
be named Sunny Williams after the founder’s wife and Emma Miller after the current president. In a further move to sustainability the two new boats will be powered by a pair of Cummins' Tier 2 compliant QSK19-M engines each rated for 600 hp at 1800 RPM and turning into Twin Disc 516 gears. Power for the electric bow thruster and other vessel needs will come from two Cummins 6BT5.9-DM powered 65 kW generator sets.