World Opal

Dutch shipping firm Damen Shipyards Group is set to deliver the fifth of six mid-sized platform supply vessels (PSV) to Norwegian firm World Wide Supply.

With a length of 80.1m, the World Opal is a Damen PSV 3300 CD and is part of an entire new range of Damen PSVs.

Suitable for transporting crew and equipment to and from offshore platforms, the PSV 3300 also offers fire-fighting and oil pollution recovery capabilities and has a deck load of 1,500t.

Featuring azimuth thrusters and dynamic positioning (DP2), the design involved was CAD/CAM modelling by Damen Shipyards and model testing at Maritime Research Institute Netherlands (MARIN).

Equipped with slender hull lines to comply with challenging conditions, the ships consume less fuel and offer enhanced crew comfort.

The 3300 series vessels are based on Damen’s E3 principles, including environmentally friendly, efficient in operation and economically viable.

Damen Shipyards delivered the first ship, World Diamond, in July, while the last in the series, World Sapphire, is scheduled to be delivered in mid-December 2013.

World Wide Supply has secured long-term contracts for four of its PSV 3300s to support Petrobras, a Brazilian energy corporation, in its offshore operations in Brazil, while the remaining two are expected to be offered to the North Sea spot charter market.

Last month, Damen Shipyards unveiled a new Wind Farm Service Vessel (WSV) to support and accommodate turbine maintenance crews at sea and allow them to ‘Walk-to-Work’.


Image: World Opal is a Damen PSV 3300 CD and is part of an entire new range of Damen PSVs. Photo courtesy of Damen Shipyards Group.