Artist rendition of the LDS 270 DE PSV. Image: LEEVAC

Artist rendition of the LDS 270 DE PSV. Image: LEEVAC

LEEVAC Shipyards in Jennings, Louisiana has announced that it has received an order to build two 270-foot diesel electric PSV’s for Aries Marine of Lafayette, LA.

The ships will be of the LEEVAC Design Services “LDS” 270 DE PSV design, with a deadweight capacity of 4000 LTsw and will carry over 13,000 barrels of liquid mud. The vessels will be powered by four 3516C Caterpillar generators rated at 1825 kw each, with propulsion drives and thrusters being provided by Schottel. Marine Interior Systems was selected for the joiner work and Marine Technologies will be providing the DP-2 system. For the Integrated Electrical System, Aries went with Siemens’ Blue Drive which will be used to control the power management, vessel control, machinery, alarms, power and propulsion systems. This will be the second vessel in which LEEVAC will be installing the Siemens Blue Drive system.

“This LDS 270 is a very exciting vessel design which our customers will greatly value! The team at LEEVAC was quick and responsive to our ideas and delivery timeline. In less than 24 months, we will bring to the offshore market two extremely fuel-efficient, versatile, modern workboats. They will fit perfectly within our existing fleet and bring our total vessel count to 28″, expressed Court Ramsay, President of Aries Marine Corp.

Construction for this LEEVAC design will begin immediately, with delivery for the first and second vessels slated for October 2014 and February 2015, respectively.

“I am very pleased to see a Louisiana owned-company choose a Louisiana shipyard for this project. This contract will create over 200 jobs in Southwest Louisiana” says Christian Vaccari.

LEEVAC Shipyards has been in business since 1965 and specializes in new construction of PSVs, OSVs, Tugs, Barges and Specialty Vessels. LEEVAC currently owns and operates two yards, a new construction yard in Jennings and a repair yard in Lake Charles, LA.  LEEVAC backlog currently consists two Z-Tech 2400 Class Escort Tugs for G & H Towing Company and one MMC 879 PSV for Tidewater Marine. LEEVAC recently completed a major conversion on a tank barge for Enterprise Marine Service.

Aries Marine Corp. is a privately held company that owns and operates a fleet of 26 jack-up workboats and supply vessels in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico.

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