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DiSTiNCTiVEBOATS As a result, the Queen of Mississippi has some of the largest state rooms in the market, with private balconies and sliding glass doors, capability to accommodate all of its passengers at one seating, six large lounges, elevators to every deck, complimentary WiFi, satellite TV and room service. “It exceeded all of our expectations,”says Robertson. “It sold out for 2012 and advance sales are strong for 2013.” The 150-passenger paddleheeler was built in two halves by ACL’s sister company, Chesapeake Shipbuilding, Salisbury, MD. For 230 ft x 49.5 ft x 11.5 ft Queen of Mississippi is fitted with diesel-electric propulsion, including Tier 2-compliant Caterpillar C32 diesel generator sets, two Z-drives and a hydraulically driven paddlewheel. The 77-gross ton Queen of the Mississippi is the first authentic paddlewheeler to be built for the Mississippi River in nearly 20 years. Another cruise vessel is already under construction at the HARVEY DEEP-SEA Light construction vessel As oil majors and drillers venture into deeper waters in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico over the next few years, their E&P efforts will be supported by a fleet of sophisticated Jones Actcompliant vessels. One of those new breed is the DP2 light construction vessel Harvey Deep-Sea, which is scheduled to join the Harvey Gulf International Marine fleet in June of this year. Designed by STX Marine, Inc., which has offices in Houston, TX, and Vancouver, Canada, the 302 ft HORNBLOWER HYBRID Ferry and charter boat The idea of the hybrid vehicle—one that uses an internal combustion engine in combination with electrical battery power for propulsion—is fairly well accepted by consumers. As of last year, there were more than 5.8 million hybrid vehicles sold worldwide, almost half of those in the U.S. The concept of the hybrid on the water, however, is still relatively new, but as marine diesel prices continue to rise, environmental pressures increase and battery technologies improve more and more operators are considering the technology. In the U.S., Hornblower Cruises & Events and Foss Maritime have been pioneers in introducing hybrid propulsion technology into the commercial marine market. Hornblower first rolled out hybrid technology on its 64 ft ferry Hornblower Hybrid—a rebuilt, refitted dive boat—in 2009 for its Alcatraz Cruises operation and has built on that success, unveiling the 600-passenger Hornblower Hybrid for its Statue shipyard for delivery in 2014. It will be slightly larger than the Queen of Mississippi. vessel was launched last month at Eastern Shipbuilding’s Allanton shipyard in Florida. Representing an investment of about $85 million, the 302 ft Harvey Deep-Sea is being built to the highest class, environmental and safety standards. Crew comfort is paramount and Eastern hired Noise Control Engineering, Billerica, MA, to provide recommendations for reduction of noise and vibration to meet the latest IMO standards. Located on the main deck below the accommodation block, the main propulsion plant will be diesel-electric, with two 2,500 kW diesel gensets at 620 VAC at 1,000 rev/min (6,704 bhp total) that drive nozzled, fixed-pitch VFD Z-drives. The Harvey Deep-Sea will have three 1,180 kW fixed-pitch VFD bow thrusters. The Harvey Deep-Sea is built to USCG Subchapter I & L regulations, certified for SOLAS and is classed ABS +A1 OFFSHORE SERVICE VESSEL, +AMS DPS-2, ACCU, ENVIRO, UWILD, FiFi II, Circle E. It has a heli-deck forward and a 165-ton active heave compensated knuckleboom crane capable of lifting 100 tonnes at depths of up to 10,000 ft. Cruises LLC in 2012. As in the case of the smaller Hornblower Hybrid for Alcatraz Cruises, the 168 ft x 40 ft Hornblower Hybrid incorporates environmentally friendly technologies and practices into its operation, using recycled materials, LED lighting and even a recycled hull. The hull itself was formerly an old Florida casino boat that had to undergo extensive steel renewal in Bridgeport, CT. The Hornblower Hybrid has one notable difference from the Alcatraz vessel—it is propelled by hydrogen fuel cells in a compound hybrid arrangement that also includes batteries, induction motors, wind turbines, solar panels, and a Tier 2 compliant Scania V8 diesel engines rated at 700 hp each at 2,100 rev/min for additional energy needs. JANUARY 2013 MARINE LOG 15

Jan 2013 Marine Log Magazine

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