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The 72’ Cruise Ship Tender, Ni/V SANTA MARIA VI, was recently delivered to Labadee Investments, Ltd. The twin-screw steel vessel ‘s primary mission is to provide ship to shore ferry service for large cruise ships of the Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, anchored in the harbor at the Labadee resort, on the island of Haiti.

DeJong & Lebet, Inc., Naval Architects, Jacksonville, Florida, provided preliminary and detail design services as well as construction supervision services. The result was a vessel ideally suited for tending cruise ships. The vessel features a raised level 3600 view pilothouse, raised boarding deck, 10" non—marking rubber fenders, passenger deck canopy, fixed bench seating with individual back rests, and Philly clad 200 non—skid deck covering. These features were included in the design by DeJong & Lebet, Inc. specifically to enhance the safety and comfort of the passengers, particularly while moored to the cruise ship.

The unique hull design of the SANTA MARIA VI is best described as a modified catamaran, with two (2) outboard hulls connected by a submerged center "wing" section, open to both hulls. The hull design was a group effort between DeJong & Lebet, Inc. and Thorleif Berg of Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. The result is a hull that combines the efficiency and stability of a catamaran, with the sea keeping, increased tons per inch and below decks access of a monohul 1

The SANTA MARIA VI is powered by a pair of General Motors 12V-71N diesels, rated @ 340 SHP each, with 3:1 ratio Twin Disc MG-514 reverse/reduction gears. The engines and gears were provided by Coastal Power of Jacksonville, Florida. The engines turn 3" diameter Aquamet 22 shafts with 42" diameter 4-bladed propellers, furnished by Columbian Bronze. The engines are heat exchange cooled, with raw water-cooled exhaust through the transom at the waterline.

The vessel’s hull is built to ABS standards and was furnished with an ABSTECH certificate of compliance. The vessel’s hull features extra heavy steel construction for durability due to its remote location and extended periods between dry-docking. The vessel was designed to meet United States Coast Guard regulations in Subchapter T for Ocean Service, including stability and subdivision criteria, but was not inspected.

Principal characteristics of the SANTA MARIA VI are as follows:

                    Length     72’

                    Breadth    25’

                    Depth        8'-6"

                    Draft (loaded)    5'-0"

                    Passengers     250

Speed: Maximum    13 Knots

Loaded                 11 Knots       

                     Fuel Capacity      4400 gallons

                    Electrical System     32 V D.C.



Major suppliers included the following:

Designers      DeJong & Lebet, Inc.

Builder            St. Augustine Trawlers, Inc.

                    Engines/Gears     Coastal Power/General Motors

                    Propellers          Columbian Bronze

                    Fenders     Johnson

                    Controls    Kobelt

                    Bilge/Fire Pumps     MP Flomax

                    Steering          Wagner

                    Battery Charger       La Marche

                    Windows   Wynne Enterprises

                    Electronics      Ray - Jefferson  

                    Seating         Miracle Recreation Equipment Co.

                    Hatches         Marhil Manufacturing Company

                    Deck Covering     Philadelphia Resins

                     Coatings   International Paint

                     Mufflers    Cowl

SANTA MARIA VI represents the fifth DeJong & Lebet, Inc. vessel delivered in 1986, for a total passenger capacity of 2,550. Two other vessels scheduled for delivery in late 1986, will bring this total to 3,950.

The SANTA MARIA VI has been so successful that a sister vessel, the NINA, has been ordered. The NINA will be constructed by Palatka Shipbuilding Corp., and is scheduled for February, 1987, delivery.

       This page last edited on  07/09/2010