NOVEMBER 18, 2015—Aluminum boatbuilder Gulf Craft, LLC, Franklin, LA, has long been known as a leader in building high-speed fast supply boats and crewboats. Its latest delivery is the 206 ft x 33 ft Alya McCall, one of the “biggest, the most powerful and the fastest single-hulled, combination supply and crew boat to be launched to date,” according to engine supplier Cummins Marine.
Built for SEACOR Marine, the DP2 Alya MCall can carry 100 passengers, reaching speeds of 38 knots.
Propulsion power is supplied by five 2,680 hp, Tier 3-compliant QSK60-M Cummins diesel engines that drive five Hamilton jets. The FSV is outfitted with three fixed-pitch, 200 hp, Thrustmaster tunnel thrusters model 30TT200ML-AL.
“The boat is powered by five EPA Tier 3 certified QSK60-M propulsion engines rated at 2,680 hp each,” says Mike Aufdermauer, Marine Sales and Engineering Leader for Cummins Mid-South LLC, the engine supplier. “It is also equipped with three QSM11-DM auxiliary generator sets rated at 290 kW, during sea trials the vessel proved to be capable of running at 38 knots.”
Designed by Australia’s Incat Crowther, the Alya McCall has at least one sister ship to be built at Gulf Craft's shipyard. As of November 16, the Alya McCall was nearing Malta in the Mediterranean on transit to Dubai for customer acceptance trials and will be on contract in Saudi Arabia later this year.
Earlier in the year, Gulf Craft delivered the Mr. Steven, a 205 ft x 34 ft crew/fast supply boat to SeaTran Marine, LLC, Amelia, LA. The aluminum-hulled boat, equipped with four Caterpillar Tier 3-compliant 3516C diesel engines, with Twin Disc MGX6 1500 JC reduction gearing and four Hamilton Jet HT810 waterjets, can reach speeds up to 32 knots at light ship. It can carry up to 72 passengers.