Bayou Black Shipyard, Inc. Delivers 'Delta Christie'
Bayou Black Shipyard, Gibson, La., recently delivered the push boat Delta Christie (shown above) to C.D. Blankenship of New Orleans. The boat is 60 feet long, has a 25-foot beam, and a 9-foot depth midship. The fuel capacity is approximately 16,000 gallons. Water capacity is approximately 5,600 gallons.
A special feature of the steelhulled boat is the 3-foot-wide push knees fabricated by the shipyard. The main cabins and pilothouse are of aluminum construction. Main propulsion is provided by two Cummins KTA1150 diesel engines, each rated at 470 bhp at 1,800 rpm driven through Twin Disc Model 518 reverse reduction gears. Main engines are airstarted supplied by the boat's two Quincy air compressors.
Shafts are 5-inch cold roll built up with stainless steel. Propellers are four-blade, 58-inch by 44- inch stainless steel. Electric power is supplied by two 3-71 GM Detroit Diesel 30-kw generator sets. Generators are air and electric start. Electronic equipment provided by the shipvard includes SIT09 radar, one SCC-C866 550- Au VHF radio, and one GLH-100 Loudhailer. The steering is hydraulic with a mechanical follow up system. Main engine controls are by WABCO. The Delta Christie will be used mainly in the moving of drilling rigs and barges.