Bender Shipbuilding Converts Two Offshore Supply Vessels For Tidewater Marine

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Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. of Mobile, Ala., recently redelivered two offshore supply vessels to Tidewater Marine Services, Inc., New Orleans, La., after completing extensive conversions.

The Doc Tide and Darol Tide were lengthened by 16 feet to accommodate liquid mud tanks and chain lockers, making the new overall length 216 feet.

Both vessels are equipped with a more efficient, 55-inch diameter Bird-Johnson 35/3S/FP bow thruster which develops 16,050 pounds of thrust; a Fritz Culver releasable cable stop; and a GM 4V71 diesel engine which was added to drive the four Mission Viking liquid mud pumps. Each pump can transfer 850 barrels per hour. Bender also carried out routine drydocking and repairs on the two vessels.

Tidewater Marine Service, Inc., a division of Tidewater Inc., operates one of the world's largest offshore service fleets.

Aside from its well-known new construction capabilities, Bender Shipbuilding & Repair is a leading ship repair facility on the Gulf Coast with three floating drydocks of up to 18,000 tons of lifting capacity. For full details on the services offered by Bender,

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