FRIENDSVILLE, Maryland -- Demaree Inflatable Boats Inc. (DIB) has delivered two river freighters to Caspian Services Inc., in Kazakhstan. The boats will be used for oil and gas exploration in shallow water areas of the Caspian Sea.
The river freighter is 41 ft (12.5 m) long and 14 ft (4.2 m) wide, with each pontoon made of vulcanized neoprene, with heavy reinforcing strips to help with fendering. The 35.5 ft long, diamond plate 5086 aluminum deck has five sections that bolt together to provide a secure working platform. The frames are designed to come apart and nest inside each other for easy transportation and storage.
Each boat is powered by twin Yanmar Bravo II diesel engines, rated at 315 hp each. The boat has a dry weight with engines of 10,000 lbs, and a design working load of 17,000 lbs.