Leevac Shipyards Delivers 165-Foot Supply Vessel To Offshore Express

Dennis Banta, president of Leevac Shipyards of Jennings, La., recently announced the delivery of the 165-foot offshore supply vessel Champion Express to Offshore Express, Inc. of Houma, La. The Champion Express is the first of two sister vessels ordered from Leevac Shipyards by Offshore Express, Inc. The second vessel is named the M/V Diamond Express.

The Champion' Express is 165 feet long, has a 38-foot beam, and a 13-foot depth. The vessel is powered by two Detroit model 16V149 diesels, providing 1,860 hp. The engines drive two 74- inch f o u r - b l a d e stainless-steel Avondale propellers through Twin Disc MG 540, 6:1 reduction gears.

Two 8V-71 GM diesel engines provide power for the GE generator of 99 kw. The Champion Express is equipped with a 200- hp, 4,000-pound Jastram bow thruster. The steering system is by SSL Vessel capacities include 44,- 400 gallons of fuel oil; 12,000 gallons of potable water; 132,000 gallons of ballast water; 4 by 750 cubic feet of dry mud; and 4 by 375 barrels of liquid mud.

The deck cargo area is 96 feet by 28 feet.

The Champion Express has accommodations for 17 persons.

Leevac Shipyards, one of three operating divisions of the Leevac Corporation, is recognized for its outstanding reputation in design, engineering, and expert craftmanship in the construction of vessels, barges, and crews quarters. The shipyard has the latest in technology in its construction facilities utilizing plasma arc N/C equipment. Together with its sister companies — Leevac Marine Transportation, providing bunkering, lightering and transportation of petroleum products, and Leevac Petroleum, distributors of diesel fuel and lubricants for rig and vessel operation— the corporation is capable of providing its customers with a totally integrated comprehensive package of services.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 38,  Feb 15, 1983

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