Delta Shipyard Repairing Heavy Lift Vessel Inagua Sound —Free Literature Offered On Yard

Delta Shipyard, a division of Delta Services Industries, has drydocked and is now repairing an oceangoing heavy lift deck loading vessel, the Inagua Sound. It is the largest vessel of its kind to ever be drydocked in Houma, La.

This shoal draft vessel is one of a fleet of 15 which is owned by the West India Shipping Company, Inc., based in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The ABS-classed vessel has a distinctive bow visor which opens to allow loading or unloading from the bow. The overall length of the vessel is 267 feet with an overall beam of 51 feet. It has 10,000 square feet of deck cargo space and the mean draft load is 11 feet 5 inches. Specializing in the trans- portation of unwieldy machinery, prefabricated deck sections of offshore platforms, and refinery/chemical plant towers, this ship has a 2,000-ton cargo capacity.

Ronald Chiasson, project manager, said that Delta Shipyard is replacing 30,000 pounds of both bottom plate and framing damaged during operations. The vessel's 40- inch bow thruster was also damaged and is being replaced with a Bird-Johnson model 010 unit driven by a 200-hp Sunstrand series 27 hydraulic motor. The bottom of the vessel will be sandblasted and painted after all repairs are completed.

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