Offshore Ship Designers (OSD) have received contracts from two offshore operators to design 10 large diesel-electric platform supply vessels (PSV) to be built at three shipyards in Brazil, Japan and Spain.
The designs will be provided to Swire Pacific Offshore, who has ordered four IMT-997 PSV to be built by Japan’s Universal Shipbuilding and four sister vessels to be built at the EISA shipyard in Brazil.
North Star Shipping, a subsidiary of Craig Group has also ordered two new platform supply vessels (PSV) to support Talisman’s North Sea operations.
The PSV pair will be of the IMT-982 design with a length of 83 metres, a beam of 18 metres and will be built at the Balenciaga yard in northern Spain.
OSD-IMT MD Neil Patterson said the key elements of the company’s IMT range of offshore support vessels are fuel efficiency and design for purpose.
"These leading offshore operators want vessels designed efficiently for specific tasks, and with these new designs we can tailor the hull, cargo systems, power and propulsion systems to the required operating profile," Patterson said.
"With offshore operators developing oil fields in deeper water and in more exposed environmental conditions, the requirements are for more efficient high capacity support vessels often with special requirements."
Classed with DP2 capability and diesel-electric propulsion systems with azimuth propulsion units, the 97m, 5,000 dwt PSV’s will be delivered progressively from early 2014.
The PSV pair, scheduled to be delivered in the second and fourth quarters of 2013, will have diesel electric propulsion systems that offer greater fuel economy and efficiency.
Powered by four MAK 9M20 1450 kW generator sets driving two Steerprop 1900 kW Azimuths, the vessels will initially operate 2,550 dwt and have a useable deck area of 912 sq m.