Master Boat Builders, Bayou La Batre, Ala., recently delivered the steel-hulled 165’×36’×12’ offshore service vessel Lytal Queen to Lockport, La.-based Lytal Marine Services LLC.
Designed by the yard, the boat made her debut at December’s International WorkBoat Show in New Orleans. The new boat is a step up in size for the Louisiana operator.
“We’re upgrading to the 165s,” said Jim Lytal, the OSV operator’s president. “We have three other boats coming out in 2004.”
In fact, the upgrade started when Lytal ordered three 145-foot OSVs in 2001. “It was a management plan we came up with about three years ago,” said Lytal.
“We’ve run the utility boats for years, the 110s (110’),” he said, “but they can’t carry the bulk mud and the chemicals the big oil companies want.”
Two of the 110s were built at Master Boat Builders. “They built one for me in 1982 and another in 1983. Then came the big crash of the ‘80s.”
Lytal said, though, he’ll no longer use the 110s in his fleet. “We’re going to retire them, and we’re going to sell them,” he said. “That way we’ll have nothing but new boats.”
The Queen’s rear cargo deck measures 103’×30’ and can haul up to 460 LT of freight. The vessel is also capable of carrying 1,800 bbls. of liquid mud and 36,000 gals. of methanol.
Main propulsion for the Lytal Queen comes from twin Caterpillar 3508 diesels, each producing 850 hp at 1,200 rpm. The engines are connected to Rolls-Royce 4-bladed, bronze wheels through Twin Disc MG-6690 marine gears. (Thompson Power Systems supplied the gear package.)
“She hit 14 knots coming over here from Alabama,” said Lytal.
For added maneuverability, the OSV was fitted with a Schottel STT-110 bowthruster, driven by a 300-hp Caterpillar 3406 diesel engine.
Two Caterpillar 3304 diesels, sparking 99kw each, and a pair of Caterpillar 3412s, producing 170kw each, combine to provide the ship’s service power.
The hydraulic steering system and Mathers Master Command controls were both provided by Gulf Coast Air and Hydraulics.
Lytal said he’s happy with his new boat and the job put in by Master Boat. “They’re a very, very professional shipyard,” he said. “We didn’t have one problem.”
The boat is ABS Loadline classed and USCG Subchapter L certified for 16 offshore workers plus crew.
The Lytal Queen was delivered in November 2003. —Ken Hocke