Dutch shipbuilding company Damen has developed a new offshore support vessel (OSV) concept that offers lower carbon emissions.

OSV 9020 can carry out various offshore tasks at a surface and subsea level.

The new vessel includes a helicopter deck and can accommodate up to 120 people.

The complete hull, superstructure and thruster layout of the vessel is designed to ensure that it maintains dynamic positioning (DP).

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The vessel features four identical azimuth thrusters, two located on the stern and the other two on the bow, which will support the high station-keeping performance.

The company says that the vessel design will offer lower maintenance costs, fuel consumption and total installed power. The generators are supported by a battery pack.

To ensure clean, sustainable operations, a hybrid power generation system is installed on the vessel, which offers lower emissions.

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Damen Design and Proposal Engineer Mark Couwenberg said: “We were approached by several different operators at the same time, all looking for slightly different offshore capabilities but similar enough that their requirements could be met with a conceptual standard platform.

“The thinking behind the OSV 9020 is very much in line with the Damen philosophy of shipbuilding in series. It is a standard product, as a result, drawing upon proven technology that can be tailored to individual requirements via modularisation.”

Last month, Damen partnered with home-grown tech firm VSTEP Simulation to jointly establish a lab for developing simulation solutions for the marine sector.