Campbell Delivers Second Offshore Vessel To Biehl

Campbell Industries, P.O. Box 1870, San Diego, Calif. 92112, recently delivered the Biehl Traveler, second of two offshore tug/ supply ships built for Biehl Offshore, Inc. of Houston, Texas. Her maiden voyage will take her to the Gulf of Alaska, where her sistership the Biehl Trader is now in service.

The Biehl Traveler is 209 feet 8 inches long (63.91 meters), with a beam of 42 feet 8 inches (13 meters) and a design draft of 17 feet 5-3/4 inches (5.327 meters). Her displacement is 2,707 long tons, with a gross tonnage rating of 1,181 registered tons (484 net). Cruising speed is approximately 15.7 knots.

Fully U.S. Coast Guard-certified, the Traveler carries the following ABS designations: + A-1 ABS Ice Strengthening Class C, E, +AMS, +ACCU.

Propulsion for the new ship comes from two DeLaval Enterprise DMR-46 diesels, each producing 3,656 bhp at 450 rpm. They drive a pair of LIPS 4-blade cunial controllable- pitch propellers through Kuypers 2.23:1 reduction gears. The 114-inch-diameter propellers are set inside fixed nozzles. Auxiliary power is supplied by four Stork-Werkspoor Type R-156 6-cylinder diesels, each with an output of 205 bhp at 1,200 rpm. The ship also features a 315-horsepower Orenstein & Koppel "Tornado" bow thruster, 6 feet in diameter.

The towing winch for the Biehl Traveler is a Van Der Giessen three-drum type, rated at 350,000 pounds. The ship has a bollard pull rating of 100 short tons. She has a stern roller that is 8 feet in diameter and 16 feet 5 inches wide. Her two Van Der Giessen capstans are each rated at 7.5 metric tons.

The vessel's "mud" system is made up of five Halliburton tanks with a combined capacity of 6,275 cubic feet, along with two Quincy W-5105 air compressors.

Other ship's capacities include net deadweight, 1,077 long tons; fuel oil, 141,500 gallons; drilling water, 151,000 gallons; potable water, 29,600 gallons; and deck cargo, 500 tons (deck area is 34 feet wide and 110 feet long).

Navaids and other electronic gear aboard the Biehl Traveler include two Decca radars, Decca Loran C, Decca-Arkas autopilot, Sperry gyrocompass, Simrad depth sounder/ recorder, Benmar ADF, CAI 40-channel 1,000-watt SSB, two Hy-Gain 55-channel VHFs with remotes, Drake emergency receiver, Stoner-Goral emergency SSB, Standard hand-held VHF radiotelephone, ITTMackay emergency position indicating radio beacon (EPIRB), emergency tone generator (ETG), ITT-Mackay lifeboat transmitter, a color television, and a stereo AM/FM/ 8-track unit.

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