Bayou Black Shipyard Delivers Cummins-Powered Push Boat To Hillman Marine

Bayou Black Shipyard recently delivered the push boat, the 'Bengal Phil', to Hillman Marine, Inc. of Morgan City, La. The boat has a length of 60 feet, a beam of 25 feet, and depth midship of 9 feet.

The Bengal Phil's fuel capacity is approximately 16,000 gallons; water capacity is approximately 5,600 gallons.

The hull is of steel construction. A special feature of the boat is the 36-inch wide, V2- inch thick push knees fabricated by the shipyard. The main cabin and pilothouse are of aluminum construction, which gives the boat a lower center of gravity. Another advan- tage of the aluminum construction will be in the minimum maintenance time on the superstructure.

The boat's main propulsion is provided by two Cummins, KTA 1150 diesel engines, each rated at 470 bhp at 1,800 rpm driven through Twin Disc model 520 reverse/reduction gears. Main engines are air started supplied by the boat's two air compressors.

Shafts are 6-inch cold roll built up with stainless steel. Propellers are four-blade, 58-inch by 44-inch stainless steel.

Electric power is supplied by two GM Detroit Diesel 30-kw generator sets. Generators are air and electric start. Electronic equipment supplied by the shipyard includes an Epsco model 504 radar, two Drake MR-155 VHF radios, and one Raytheon Ray 350 loudhailer system.

The boat will mainly be used in the moving of inshore drilling rigs and barges.

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