St. Johns Ship Building, Jacksonville, Fla., delivered the 36'7"x12'x14" totally electric glass bottom tour boat Chief Potackee Betty Mae Tiger Jumper to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in June.

Designed by Lay, Pitman & Associates, the new aluminum boat is working in north central Florida’s Silver Springs State Park. It can carry up to 28 passengers and two crewmembers, ad has a 12" draft.

The boat is powered by twin 20-hp Elco electric outboards with four Lithionics 7.5 kW lithium-ion batteries. The outboards are fixed with 8" diameter 3-bladed props with a 9.25 pitch. The propulsion package gives the vessel a running speed of 10 knots. Controls are by Elco, steering system from SeaStar.

Ship’s service power comes from two Lithionics lithium-ion 7.5-kW batteries.

In August, St. Johns delivered the 53'x18'x7' intercoastal fuel supply vessel Pickle Rick to Intrepid Oceans Marine LLC, Jupiter, Fla. The new steel boat has a 3'6" draft and was designed by JMS Naval Architects Inc., Mystic, Conn.

Pickle Rick has a 10,000-gal. diesel fuel capacity and is fitted with Blackmer cargo pumps.

Main propulsion comes from a single Cox CXO300 diesel outboard engine with 15.5"x18" 4-bladed Yamaha propeller, giving the new boat a running speed of 7 knots.

Ship’s service power is the responsibility of a Kohler 40EKOZD genset. Controls and steering are from SeaStar. Pickle Rick is USCG certified, Subchapter D.

Nearing completion at St. Johns is a new 160'x35'x10' cargo carrier Costa VI for Island Shipping S. DE R.L.

The Panamanian-flagged vessel, designed by Entech Designs LLC, has capacities that include 41,320 gals. of fuel; 13,500 gals. potable water; and 100 gals. lube oil. There is also tankage for 67,595 gals. freshwater ballast and 1,273 gals. dirty/oily water. The cargo deck measures 4.400 sq. ft.

Twin Cummins QSK-19-M diesel engines, producing 660 hp at 1,800 rpm each provide the boat’s main propulsion. The mains connect to Hung Shin 60"x56"Nibral 5-bladed wheels through Twin Disc MGX-5222-DC marine gears with 5.04:1 ratios. The propulsion package gives the Costa VI a running speed of 10.5 knots.

For added maneuverability, the boat was fitted with a Wesmar V2-20 bow thruster, powered by a Cummins QSB4.5 power unit. Controls are Glendenning EEC4s, and the steering system is a Dometic SeaStar Optimus EC5850 EPS.

Ship’s service power comes from two John Deere-powered gensets, sparking 55 kW of electrical power each.

The electronics suite includes a Simrad-Navico IMO under 500 tons ITC package, and Furuno Sea Area 3 GMDSS and radios. 

Ken Hocke has been the senior editor of WorkBoat since 1999. He was the associate editor of WorkBoat from 1997 to 1999. Prior to that, he was the editor of the Daily Shipping Guide, a transportation daily in New Orleans. He has written for other publications including The Times-Picayune. He graduated from Louisiana State University with an arts and sciences degree, with a concentration in English, in 1978.