Balehi Marine Delivers Second Of Two GM-Powered Towboats For Conoco Oil Company

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Balehi Marine, Inc. of Lacombe, La., recently delivered the second of two identical 1,800-hp steel-hulled towboats, the M/V Choctaw, to Conoco Oil Company.

The Choctaw, which is based on Balehi Marine's standard 1,800- 2,400-hp towboat design, has a length of 81 feet, beam of 28 feet, depth of 11 feet and draft of 7 feet 6 inches. She has a fuel oil capacity of 42,200 gallons, lube oil capacity of 337 gallons, dirty oil capacity of 337 gallons and freshwater capacity of 14,700 gallons. The vessel is powered by twin GM 16V-149 diesel engines driving a pair of four-bladed stainless steel Kahlenberg propellers via Twin Disc MG 540 reduction gears with a reduction ratio of 7:1 with 7-inch-diameter Aquamet shafting. Keel cooling is provided by Fernstrum Grid coolers in recessed pockets.

Electrical power is supplied by two GM-4-71 diesel-driven generator sets rated at 50 kw at 1,200 rpm, 220 V-AC, three-phase, 60 cycle. The Choctaw, which provides quarters for a crew of six, is fitted with two 40-ton electrohydraulic NABRICO winches. Electronics, searchlights, horns, air compressors, steering, fendering, air conditioning and other major equipment were fitted according to the customer's specifications.

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