New Orleans Corps gets new survey vessel

Silver Ships Inc. has delivered a 48’x16’x4’6” Endeavor survey boat to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District. Designed by naval architect Lou Codega, the hull form is specifically designed to handle the short choppy seas of the Gulf Coast region.

Powered by twin Caterpillar C18 diesel engines at 803-hp each coupled to Twin Disc V-drive gears, the survey boat can achieve a top speed of 28+ knots with a range of more than 300 miles operating at a cruising speed of approximately 25 knots.

Navigation and communications equipment include two Raymarine E165 radar/chartplotters, two ICOM M506 VHF radios, and a Carlisle & Finch 12” searchlight. Onboard electrical service is supplied by 12/24 volt DC power. A 21.5kW Caterpillar C2.2 diesel generator and 60 amp shore power are provided, supplying 120 and 240 volt auxiliary power to the boat.

The pilothouse offers 360° visibility from the operator’s station and all interior spaces on the vessel are climate controlled. There is hydraulic/suspension seating for a crew of two plus a dinette settee for four. Forward cabin accommodations include an enclosed berthing area for four, Magna Germ Type 2 marine sanitation system with private head, shower, full galley, and hanging storage locker.

Founded in 1985, Silver Ships manufactures custom aluminum boats for the military, municipalities and commercial users ranging in size from 21’ to 65’.

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