The M/V REM Mermaid is the latest platform supply vessel (PSV) to join the six-strong REM Maritime A/S PSV fleet. REM Maritime A/S is currently in the midst of a new building programme with six vessels either on order or under construction at the Aker and Kleven Verft yards.
The REM Mermaid was delivered to REM Maritime in April 2008 from the Simek AS yard in Flekkefjord, Norway. Simek has already constructed two PSVs for REM – the Provider and Server – that were delivered in October and December 2007 respectively (a further vessel for REM is under construction at the Simek yard).
The contract for the REM Mermaid was awarded in October 2006, the keel was laid at the end of June 2007 and the vessel was launched in March 2008. The vessel is an MT 6009-L design produced by Marin Teknikk AS of Dragsund, Norway. The REM Mermaid was chartered by REM Offshore ASA on a long-term contract agreement to Peterson SBS BV for work in the North Sea. The three-year contract, which started in November 2008, has an option of two one-year extensions. The ship is registered in Norway and its home port is Fosnavåg.
The ship is a highly manoeuvrable and is able to stay on station during rough weather due to its positioning and thruster technology. The ship has an overall length of 79.67m, a length between the perpendiculars of 72m, a mid beam of 16.40m, a main deck depth of 7.45m and a summer draught of 6.22m. The vessel has a gross tonnage of 2,995t, net tonnage of 1,100t and deadweight of 3,550t. The class notation for the Mermaid is 1A1 SF LFL* COMF-V(3) E0 DYNPOS-AUTR CLEAN DK(+) HL(2.5).
During sea trials early in 2008, the REM Mermaid was able to achieve a speed of 14.5kt. The ship has four Cummins KTA50DM diesel electric units with a total output of 5,164kW (each 1,291kW). The port and starboard propellers are two azimuthing US 205 CRP Ulstein Aquamasters (output of 1,500kW) from Rolls-Royce OY AB. Two TT 2000 DP FP tunnel thrusters allow the ship to manoeuvre very easily in high seas or in small spaces. The emergency diesel generator is a John Deere Engine Works 6068TFM50.
The 729m² deck area has a maximum deck load of 1,677t. The deck equipment includes one 3t knuckle boom deck crane with a 10m extension on the port side and a single 1t deck crane with an 8m extension on the starboard side. There are also two 10t capstans; two tugger winches of 10t rating; two mooring winches of 9t; and three cargo securing winches of 4.6t. The ship can accommodate 46 personnel.
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