USA: LEEVAC Launches Lightering Support Vessel AET Excellence

LEEVAC Industries LLC launched vessel AET “Excellence”. The second vessel in a line of “first of a kind” Lightering Support Vessels built for American Eagle Tankers. The AET “Excelence” will soon join the “Innovator” in the only fleet dedicated to lightering support in the Gulf of Mexico.

AET Excellence

OWNER/OPERATOR: AET Lightering Services, Galveston, TX

DIMENSIONS: L: 187’ B: 46’ Working draft at stern: 13’

DESIGNER: Elliott Bay Design Group, Seattle, WA

BUILDER: Leevac Industries LLC, Jennings, LA

MISSION: Lightering support vessel


HULL: Steel monohull


PERFORMANCE SPEED: 12 knots (cruise), 12.5 knots max.

ENDURANCE: 30 days


(2) CAT 3512Cs rated at 1,400hp each

(2) Sound propellers, 80” dia. X 75” pitch, 0.75 DAR

(2) Becker high-lift rudders

Schottel STT170 bow thruster rated at 479hp


(2) CAT C9 rated at 250kW, 480v, 60HZ

CAT C44 emergency genset, 99kW, 480v, 60HZ


Deck area: 105’ x 36’6”

Deck load rating: 540lb/sq. ft.

Freshwater: 120,000 gal.

Ship’s fuel: 80,000 gal.

Ship’s potable water: 25,000 gal.


(4) baby fenders and either 2x (4) regular fenders or (4) jumbo

Oil States 1844 – DPS-60Te fender winch, diesel drive, 70,000lb line pull

(2) Oil States Skagit SMATCO HT-50-30 hydraulic tugger winches

Stern roller, 18’ x 30” diameter


Furuno per GMDSS, SOLAS


(3) single staterooms

(7) two-person staterooms


ABS +A1,+ AMS, Circle E, Unrestricted Ocean Service, SOLAS

Source: leevac, October 31, 2011

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