Blount Marine Delivers Fueling Tanker Reiss Marine To Service Great Lakes Shipping

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fueling tanker reiss marine
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The 150-foot bunkering tanker Reiss Marine was recently delivered by Blount Marine Corporation of Warren, R.I., to Superior, Wis.

The vessel will be operated by the Marine Fueling Division of Reiss Oil Terminal Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of The C. Reiss Coal Company, located in Sheboygan, Wis. Marine Fueling, which operates six fueling ports on Lakes Erie and Superior, is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Built to service Great Lakes shipping, including taconite and coal carriers, the Reiss Marine will replace the tanker William H. Bennett, the first vessel built under contract by Blount Marine Corporation. The Bennett was built in 1950 for Charles Laduca, president of West Shore Fuel, for o p e r a t i o n in Buffalo, N.Y., and was later purchased by Reiss Marine Transport.

The 569-gross-ton vessel was designed by Blount Marine, and attained a speed of 10 knots on her trials in Narragansett Bay. The Reiss Marine was built to meet American Bureau of Shipping specifications for classing of Maltese Cross A-l (E) AMS unrestricted oil carrier with loadline for Great Lakes service and U.S. Coast Guard regulations.

The tanker has six cargo tanks carrying 339,000 gallons of heavy and diesel oil and 2,500 gallons of lube oil. Brown Fintube heating coils are installed in all tanks. S h i p ' s service tanks carry 580 gallons of water, 2,600 of fuel oil, 130 of lube oil, and 500 gallons of sewerage.

Cargo tanks are pumped by hydraulically operated Blackmere pumps. Metering is accomplished through a Smith meter. All controls are located aft of the hosehandling Comet crane. An interesting feature of the hose-handling crane is a ladder extending the length of the boom to enable a member of the tanker crew to board a larger vessel quickly and safely.

Propulsion is provided by two k e e l - c o o l e d General Motors 12V149s providing 1,300 horse- power to drive two Federal 66- inch stainless-steel propellers, Propeller shafts were forged by Cape Ann Forge.

All engine mufflers were furn- ished by Maxim.

The steering system is electro- hydraulic using Vickers valves and Sperry electrical controls. The engine room has a fixed CO* system furnished by C-O-Two Sales. A Rockwood fixed foam sys- tem provides fire protection on the main deck.

Ship's power is furnished by two 60-kw, 450-volt generators driven by two General Motors 6-71 engines, Galley equipment and a dining area for six men is located on the main deck. Two cabins provide berths for four men.

The large p i l o t h o u s e has a Sperry furnished MK-74-6 radar, an MK-37 gyro and automatic pilot. Other equipment includes a Lorain RF-457 radiophone, and a depth sounder, The vessel has two 1,000-pound Baldt anchors hauled by an elec- trie anchor windlass. Singer-Kear- fott furnished pilothouse windows, Cornell-Carr joiner doors, and Julius Mock watertight doors.

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