Siemens to deliver diesel electric propulsion system for Aries PSVs

19 March 2013 (Last Updated March 19th, 2013 18:30)

Siemens Industry has secured a contract from Leevac Shipyards to supply diesel electric propulsion systems for two platform supply vessels (PSV) being built for Aries Marine.

Siemens Industry has secured a contract from Leevac Shipyards to supply diesel electric propulsion systems for two platform supply vessels (PSV) being built for Aries Marine.

Installation of the propulsion systems will be carried out at Leevac’s facilities in Jennings, Louisiana, US.

Under the deal, Siemens will supply main generators, propulsion and thrusters, switchboards, power management system and its fully integrated electrical FiFi 1 system.

The scope of supply also includes the company’s IAS400 automation system for alarm, monitoring and control functions.

Both vessels will also be equipped with the Siemens Blue multi-drive low-voltage system, which improves reliability with fail-safe features, according to Siemens.

The Siemens Blue system is also expected to help reduce maintenance costs and increase efficiency and operational ease for the vessel and crew.

According to Siemens, the vessel’s design will help reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

Siemens Industry marine business manager David Grucza said: "The demands placed on the onboard systems and technologies of today’s PSVs are high, as these vessels are specialised and tailored based upon particular machine layouts, power requirements, automation processes, climatic conditions and more."

As a Sole Source Vendor, the company will also oversee the designing, engineering, project managing and commissioning of the diesel electric and automation system.

Certified by the American Bureau of Shipping, each PSV, designed by Leevac Design Services, will have a length of 82m and a width of 17m.

Scheduled to be delivered in September and December 2014 respectively, the PSVs will be capable of travelling at speeds of over 14 knots.

Following delivery, the two vessels will be used to haul a variety of cargo in below-deck tanks, including large quantities of fuel, water, drilling fluids, cement or mud as well as casing, drill pipes and tubing in open-decks.