Caterpillar-Powered Passenger Ferry Delivered By Moss Point Marine To State Of North Carolina

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Moss Point Marine, Inc., Escatawpa, Miss., has delivered the Carteret, a new 161-foot ferry to the State of North Carolina. The vessel can transport 200 passengers and 30 autos.

The $2.7-million, all-steel Carteret is 161 feet long, with a 50-foot beam and 12.5-foot depth.

Built to U.S. Coast Guard standards from a design provided by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the ferry features an "island" type superstructure with two decks dedicated to passenger seating, lounges, and rest rooms, topped by a pilothouse with fore and aft control stations.

Vehicles enter the main deck level from the bow or stern, park in two lanes on either side of the island superstructure, and exit from the opposite end.

The Carteret will operate in the Pamlico Sound between Cedar Island and Ocracoke Island.

The new ferry is powered by two Caterpillar 3412 DI-TA diesel engines developing a total of 1,249 bhp. They drive two 54-inch fourblade bronze propellers through Twin Disc reverse/reduction gears. Electrical power is provided by two 120-kw generators driven by two Caterpillar 3306 BT engines. They power the Matthews Marine Systems electric/hydraulic steering gear which guides the boat. Additional maneuverability is provided by a Michigan Jastram 34-inchdiameter bow thruster driven by a Detroit Diesel 4-71 engine through Twin Disc reverse/reduction gears. The main deck can accommodate 50 passengers and the upper deck has enclosed seating for 23 and open deck bench seating for 20. The upper deck also includes a crew lounge with a small galley.

A partial list of navigation and communications equipment in the pilothouse includes two Furuno ra- dars, a Raytheon Fathometer, a North Star loran, and two Horizon Voyager VHF radios.

Moss Point Marine, Inc. is one of the shipbuilders of the Trinity Marine Group which is owned by Trinity Industries, Inc. of Dallas, Texas. Other shipyards in the group are Halter Marine, Inc., with shipyards in Moss Point, Miss., and Lockport, La., Equitable Shipyards, Inc., with facilities in New Orleans and Madison ville, La., and Gretna Machine and Iron Works, Inc., Harvey , La. For free literature giving full information on the facilities and capabilities of Moss Point Marine,

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