Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (SPO), a Singapore-based shipowner and operator, has added a new anchor handling tug supply vessel, Pacific Dispatch, to its fleet.
The new vessel was built by Singapore Technologies Marine (ST Marine) shipyard in Singapore; it was christened at a ceremony held at the shipyard.
The addition of the new vessel is part of the company’s plan to expand its fleet to 100 by the end of 2015.
Pacific Dispatch is the fifth under a series of six D Class vessels being built by ST Marine for SPO.
SPO managing director Neil Glenn said the launch of Pacific Dispatch is another important step for the company as it continues to develop its fleet of high-specification anchor handling tug supply vessels.
“The D Class series has enjoyed a successful entry into service and each new vessel allows us to extend its presence across our key markets, supporting our customers with safe, high-quality performance and service,” Glenn added.
Similar to other D Class series vessels, Pacific Dispatch is built to SPS 2008 and ice-class notations.
The main propulsion engine powers the vessel with 17,864 brake horsepower (BHP) certified to IMO Tier II standards.
With a deck space of 650m², the vessel is equipped with DP2 systems, 500MT RRM Brattvagg winches, dynamic positioning technology, enhanced station keeping with independent drop down azimuth thruster, anchor recovery frame (ARF) and provisions crane that provide the vessel with added flexibility, versatility and safety.
ST Marine president Ng Sing Chan said the successful launch of the fifth vessel is testament to the companies’ collective abilities to bring the best of both companies together to produce positive results.
“We look forward and will strive to ensure this excellent partnership is maintained and contribute to Swire Pacific Offshore growing their fleet in support of their customers in the burgeoning offshore oil and gas industry,” he added.
Image: The Pacific Dispatch is scheduled for delivery in mid-2014. Photo courtesy of Swire Pacific Limited.