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January 10, 2010

Harvey Gulf orders six from Eastern

Harvey Gulf International Marine, LLC, New Orleans, La., has awarded Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. a contract for the construction and delivery of six 292 ft x 64 ft x 24 ft 6 in offshore support vessels.

Delivery of the first vessel is planned in nineteen months, with the additional vessels following at five month intervals.

The six 5,650 dwt "Tiger Shark" series vessels are designed for world-wide operations, meeting all the latest MARPOL and IMO regulations. They will be classed by American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) including FIFI 1, DP2, and ENVIRO notations. Each vessel will offer 11,000 sq. ft of clear deck space and cargo capacities of: 19,500 bbl liquid mud, 14,350 cu. ft dry bulk, and 1,700 bbl methanol.

They will have a Converteam-supplied diesel electric propulsion system, powered by four Cummins QSK60M diesel generators rated at 1,825 kW and with Schottel Z-drives rated for a total propulsion output of 5,000 kW.

These vessels follow a series of three 260 ft x 60 ft x 19 ft 6 in DP2 Offshore Support Vessels ordered at Eastern by Harvey Gulf. The third of these, the Harvey Carrier, is scheduled for delivery in June. The two sister vessels, Harvey Spirit and Harvey Supplier, are already in service.

The engineering and design work for all of these vessels have been produced through the efforts of Harvey Gulf and Eastern, as well as Eastern's design agent, STX Marine.


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