Wilson Sons Limited, a long time partner with Damen Shipyards, announced today that its joint venture partner Ultratug Offshore signed a contract with Petrobras for the construction and operation of four Damen PSV 4500 platform supply vessels. According to a Dow Jones report, the vessels will be built at the Wilson Sons Shipyard in Guaruja, Sao Paulo, and are expected to be delivered by 2015.
About the PSV 4500, via Damen:
The PSV series is a dedicated supply vessel to transport supplies to and from oil and gas rigs and is specifically designed to perform safely and economically in adverse weather conditions.
The vessel boasts a large 700+ sq m main deck and can carry 10% more cargo than Damen’s former PSV. But even though it has a larger cargo capacity, the new vessel will have improved speed performance with the same engine size, facilitating significant savings in fuel costs and emissions.
The slender hull of the PSV reduces fuel oil consumption, not only in calm water but especially in rough seas. Slamming has been reduced to very low levels, which results in improved comfort and safety for the crew, vessel and cargo.
The new vessel type has benefited from input from clients and from operational studies carried out on Damen PSV 7216 vessels operating. “We examined the logbooks and asked the crew to fill in questionnaires. We really looked at how these vessels were being used and all of this input was fed into the new PSV design. This added to extensive experience we had already built from our designs for the Brazilian market, where more than 15 of these vessels are operating to the full satisfaction of their owners.”