NEWS Basile Designed Tug Takes Shape at Lockport ary. Balder has been out of order since December 28, when an unexpected flooding hit the vessel. Two thrusters of the Dynamic Positioning system were damaged and water came in via a cooling water pipe. No one on board was hurt during the incident and no harm to the environment occurred. At the time of the incident the DCV Balder was working in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to a quick response from the crew, the situation was brought under control within 90 minutes. In that period of time the operations were successfully and safely stopped without accidents, damage to facilities being installed, or harm to the environment. Immediately after the incident the vessel was able to propel itself to shallow water for a full investigation. The indicated cause of the incident was the inadvertent opening of a cooling water valve during a maintenance operation. Depending on the speed of repairs, DCV Balder will be operational in February. The Basile-designed tug taking shape at Lockport Fabricators in early December 2006. (Photo by A.Haig-Brown) Dickie Adams' at Lockport Fabrication has a triple screw model bow tug building for Russell Plaisance of Galliano, La. Powered by three six-cylinder Cummins KTA19 engines the boat is being built to a Frank Basile (Entech and Associates Inc.) design. While a triple engine and triple screw configuration is a common method of maintaining a shallow draft, this boat is interesting in that only the middle propeller is fitted with a kort nozzles while the two outside props will be open. Basile explains that he has had vessels built to this design with two Cummins KTA38s for main engines but since this owner will be using the boat to service near shore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico the triple engine installation will deliver a similar bollard pull with a shallower draft. The 84 x 27-ft. vessel has an 11.6-ft. molded depth and will be delivered in the spring of 2007. At Hercules Offshore, we are creating an exciting platform for growth. Y ou have the opportunity to become part of our team. Join our Liftboat division, which is one of the largest in the world or our Drilling division which continues to expand globally. Hercules Offshore offers career opportunities in our domestic and international Drilling division for all levels of positions. Our Liftboat Division is also seeking experienced, licensed Mates and Captains, as well as AB, Engineers, O/S, and Deckhands. Our company is focused on safety as well as operational and technical excellence. Hercules Offshore offers competitive salaries and benefits. If you are interested in a position with Hercules Offshore, you can contact Liftboat.firstname.lastname@example.org us at our Liftboat Division. Liftboat Division 151 South Park, 3rd Floor Lafayette, LA 70508 Phone: 337-560-8000 Fax: 337-560-8030 An equal opportunity employer DCV Balder Back to GOM Heerema Marine Contractors expects that the Deep water Construction Vessel (DCV) Balder will restart its work in the Gulf of Mexico in the first half of Febru- February, 2007 · MarineNews · 9
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