Silver Ships to build oil spill service boats for Saudi Aramco

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silver shipsJULY 3, 2012 — Saudi Aramco has awarded Theodore, Alabama, based Silver Ships, Inc. a contract for the construction of two oil spill service boats to operate at its facilities in Saudi Arabia.

Of all-welded aluminum construction, the boats will be 48 ft x 16 ft bowloaders with air-conditioned pilothouses and push knees.

The propulsion package will include twin Cummins QSB5.9 inboard diesel engines rated at 350 h.p. each.

Oil spill equipment includes an Elastec hydraulically-controlled powered boom reel, an Elaspray portable dispersant system, a 200-gallon dispersant tank, an Elastec TDS118 Skimmer System and an Elastec 500-gallon pillow tank.

Additional outfitting equipment includes an 8.5 kW generator, a Furuno NavNet System, an ICOM VHF radio and a 6-person life raft.

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