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Crew boats under construction at Neuville Boat Works

November 5, 2003

Neuville busy with crew boats

Neuville Boat Works in New Iberia Louisiana has been readying and painting its latest boat, the Colin B. McCall, for delivery this month to Seacor while work on two further crew boats for the same owner is progressing.

The Colin B. McCall, named for noted Cummins engineer Colin Black, is 160 by 30 feet with an aft deck that is 91.5 by 24.75 ft that can carry 280 long tons with about 7000 gallons of fuel on board. Seating is provided for a total of 68 passengers with 52 of those in business class seats. Main propulsion is provided by four Cummins KTA38 M2 engines delivering 1,350 HP each in a Heavy Duty rating at 1,900 RPM for a total of 5,400 HP. A Thrustmaster 75 HP electric over hydraulic bow thruster is installed in a 24-inch tunnel. Electrical service is provided by two Cummins-powered 99 kW generator sets.

The vessel's U.S. gross registered tonnage in under 100 tons while the International Gross tonnage is under 400 tons. It is built to U.S. Coast Guard Subchapter T/L and ABS load line. Tankage includes 20,986 gallons of fuel, 37,674 gallons of rig water and 1,232 gallons of fresh water. Sleeping accommodations are provided for eight with two in single bunks and six in double bunk rooms.

As finishing touches were being put to the Colin B., our photo, taken mid October, shows that a second hull to these same dimensions had been plated and work was progressing. The third hull, framed only when the photo was taken, is slightly larger at 167 feet. It will receive the same Cummins KTA 38 M2 engine package but will be propelled by jets rather than the propellers used on the first two.

Neuville delivered the 170 by 34 foot crew boat Randall B. McCall earlier this year. The Randall is powered by four Cummins KTA50 main engines each delivering 1800 HP at 1900 RPM for a total of 7200 HP. The propeller driven boat is DP equipped. and features variable ratio Twin Disc MG-6848 gears to accommodate the high horsepower engines.

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