Swire Pacific names first G-class platform supply vessel

15 September 2014 (Last Updated September 15th, 2014 18:30)

Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (SPO) has named its first G-class platform supply vessel (PSV) as Pacific Gannet at a naming ceremony held at Japan Marine United Corporation's (JMU) Yokohama shipyard.

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Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (SPO) has named its first G-class platform supply vessel (PSV) as Pacific Gannet at a naming ceremony held at Japan Marine United Corporation’s (JMU) Yokohama shipyard.

Pacific Gannet is the first of the ten G-class PSVs that JMU will build for Swire in three years.

The 4,000dwt G-class vessels are suitable for supply duties in the offshore industry with a capacity to carry 969m³ of cargo fuel.

The vessel has a bulbous bow shape and operate on a diesel electric propulsion plant, and is equipped with counter rotating azimuth thrusters.

"The vessel has a bulbous bow shape and operate on a diesel electric propulsion plant, and is equipped with counter rotating azimuth thrusters."

The cabin accommodates up to 48 people and the 810m² clear deck has space for three lengths of drill pipe or casing with access for the deck crew. The average age of the fleet is 7.7 years.

SPO expects the G-class series to meet the demand for PSVs. The series will expand the company’s fleet to 100 vessels by the end of next year.

The company currently operates 88 offshore support vessels anchor handling, platform supply, ice-breaking supply, seismic survey, wind-farm installation, accommodation barges and multi-purpose offshore vessels.

SPO managing director Neil Glenn said: "The addition of the G-class PSV vessels will provide another industry-leading product within our fleet portfolio, helping us provide our global clients with outstanding service."

JMU has earlier supplied SPO with four H-class 4,700dwt PSVs and L-class series of 5,200dwt PSVs. The latest L-class vessel, Pacific Legacy, was named in July.


Image: Swire’s G-class PSV vessel Pacific Gannet. Photo: courtesy of Japan Marine United Corporation.