Nichols Delivers 76-Person Ferry For Use By Saipan's Grand Hotel

Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, Inc., recently delivered the 65-foot, 76-person ferry MTV Super Emerald to the Commonwealth Marine Leisure Corporation in Saipan. The vessel, boldly painted in red, white and blue will be used to ferry passengers to the Saipan Grand Hotel on Tinian Island, Saipan, in the Marianas Islands.

According to Matt Nichols, president, the boat was purchased through the Mitsubishi International, Ltd., company from Nichols.

The vessel was designed by Nichols marine architects and engineer under Archie Nichols, vice president of engineering.

The vessel was constructed in a U.S. shipyard because the owners wanted to build the boat in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard certification among other factors.

The vessel will operate with a crew of three. Passenger seating is offered on the main deck, on the bridge topside and in a raised lounge ahead of the main passenger space.

Amenities include restrooms and a small refreshment bar.

The 65-foot vessel has a beam of 17 feet 6 inches and a draft of 4 feet.

The vessel has paired Detroit diesel 12V92 engines that deliver 720 hp at 2,100 rpm, driving 2.1:1 ZF reduction gearing that will provide a cruising speed of 23 knots, fully loaded. Lips supplied the twin 36- inch NiBro fixed propellers and Mathers the MMS electronic propulsion controls. Nichols engineered and installed the manual hydraulic steering system.

The 30-kw Lima generator is driven by a 4.236 Perkins diesel engine. The "wet" silencer system utilizes Vernatone fiberglass mufflers from the Vernoy Products company Tankage encompasses two 800- gallon fuel tanks, a 350-gallon fresh water tank and a 350-gallon sewage holding tank. The Jabsco fire and bilge pump is driven off one main engine.

Nichols ran the vessel under its own power to Oakland, Calif., for delivery. From there it went as deck cargo to Saipan.

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Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 39,  Apr 1992

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