2013-12-19 / News

Engines arrive for SSV Hazard Perry


Two Caterpillar C-12 main engines were installed last week in the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. Each is certified to run on a 20 percent biofuel-to-diesel blend. 
OHPRI/Carol Hill Two Caterpillar C-12 main engines were installed last week in the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry. Each is certified to run on a 20 percent biofuel-to-diesel blend. OHPRI/Carol Hill Christmas came early this year for the SSV Oliver Hazard Perry, Rhode Island’s official sailing education vessel, when two Caterpillar C-12 main engines were delivered in November.

At Senesco Marine in North Kingstown last week, both of the 12-liter, 6-cylinder engines were lowered onto the 200-foot tall ship’s freshly painted engine beds. Each has 385 horsepower at 1800 rpm, and is certified to run on a 20-percent biofuel-to-diesel blend that will be provided by Newport BioDiesel.

“Ships have been green before there was a green,” said the ship’s captain, Richard Bailey. “They use wind in their sails to move from place to place. However, a ship still has to have engines and a bow thruster to make tugs unnecessary and provide ability to enter smaller ports. During times when the wind doesn’t blow, this is the hidden power to meet tight schedules.”

The engine installation is part of the final construction phase that also includes the move this winter from Senesco to Newport Shipyard. Once the Oliver Hazard Perry is on the Newport waterfront, the ship’s masts and yards will be installed. The 20 sails are currently under construction, and the ship’s entire inventory of interior paneling, fixtures and equipment has been ordered and partially installed.

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