Neptune LNG/Suez Energy North America based in Gloucester is one of two offshore LNG terminals off our coast just received delivery of one of their support vessels. The 128' "Independence" is one of the most advanced vessels of her type in the world! What makes her unique is her "Z-Drive" propulsion units. Instead of the traditional shaft and prop set up she has two electric motor pods below her hull that can turn 360 degrees.....no rudder needed! And her fire fighting capabilities are second to none. She can also accommodate three cargo containers. A second 101' back-up vessel, also with "Z-Drive" will also make her way here. That one will be able to accommodate one cargo container. And one of the new LNG tankers it will support will be named the "Suez Cape Ann"!
General Specifications for the Independence:
Naval Architect: Robert Allan Ltd.
LOA: 128.4 feet (39 m)
LWL: 119.6 feet (36.4 m)
Beam: 44.4 feet (13.5 m)
Draft: 16 feet (5.75m)
Depth: 19.5 feet (5.9 m)
Hull Material: Steel
Superstructure Material: Steel
Propulsion: (2) 16V4000 MTU M61
Speed: 13 knots minimum at full power
Bollard Pull: 70 metric tonnes minimum
Bow Winch: Markey electric, 750-10" plasma rendering
Stern Winch: Jon-rie Hydraulic, 2500'-2-1/4" wire
Deck Crane: Effer hydraulic, 10 tons @ 25'
Fi-Fi-1: Inmar/FFS/Nyjus, 425' cannon range @ 10,500 g/p/m
Z- Drives: Roll-Royce CPP-255
During the weekend the tug "Liberty" also with "Z-Drive" propulsion came in for a trial run. The depth of the water next to the dock is only 16' at low tide. To accomodate the draft a water barge had to be brought in to move the dockage into the 20' deep channel!
Her massive bow!
Again the wheel house!
In the mirror!
It's not "soda" and not "pop" or even "soda pop" it's "tonic"!
It's a "rotary" not a "roundabout"!
"Going up the line" is a term used when leaving the island!
A "jigga"is a homemade powerless go-cart!
It's not "Break Time or Coffee Break" it's "Mug-up"!
It's not a "water fountain" it's a "Bubbla"!