FEBRUARY 19, 2014 — The latest delivery from New Generation Marine Services and Shipbuilding, Houma, LA, the 171 ft by 36-ft offshore supply vessel Mr. Ernie, has a distinctive profile thanks to a raised forecastle deck.
Design work that carried the raised forecastle deck well forward and right to the side shell allows for roomy accommodations with bunks and mess room for 32 people, reports Cummins Hot Tips. There is a mix of 6, 4 and 2-person cabins for the four crew-members and 28 other workers. This allows for versatility for charterers doing offshore servicing or support work. Meantime, the aft deck provides a 112 ft x 30 ft of clear cargo space with a 375 ton capacity.
Extensive tankage below deck including dual-purpose tanks for fuel or liquid mud.. In addition to a dedicated 13,460 USG potable water tank, there is also a 92,328 GT ballast or potable water tank. This will give the supply vessel great flexibility with a total deadweight of 707 LT.
With a 13.0-knot speed, Mr. Ernie is powered by a pair of Cummins K38M Tier 2 diesels delivering a total of 2,000 HP through Twin Disc MGX-5321 gears to 72 in x 65 in Bird Johnson four-bladed propellers. A 350 HP Cummins QSM11 engine powers the Brunvoll bow thruster. A pair of Cummins QSM11 powered 300 kW gensets meet the vessel's electrical requirements.
A Crane Deming 5063 fire monitor pumps 2,200 gallons per minute at 260-feet. Beier Radio supplied the vessel’s DP system.
The DP 1 vessel is USCG inspected and classed ABS load line.