On Friday June 6, the HOS Black Watch was launched at Eastern Shipbuilding’s Allanton facility in Panama City, Florida. The HOS BLACK WATCH is the fourth of six Eastern Shipbuilding vessels designated as the HOSMAX 310 series by Hornbeck Offshore Services and is a diesel-electric powered, twin Z-drive propelled OSV.
The high-tech vessels feature four Caterpillar 3516C 16-cylinder turbo-charged Tier III diesel generator engines each rated at 1,825 kW at 1,800 rpm. Main propulsion power is provided by two GE Energy furnished Hyundai 2,500 kW 690VAC electric motors driving two Schottel SRP 2020 FP Z-Drives with nozzles rated at 2,500 kW at 1,025 rpm each for a total of 6,704 Hp. Schottel is also providing two STT 4 fixed pitch tunnel thrusters rated at 1,180 kW at 1,170 rpm, each with direct coupled Hyundai 690VAC electric motors. GE Energy Power Conversions is providing the complete system integrated diesel electric package, including the propulsion and thruster drives, motors, control systems, DP system, switchboards, motor control centers, automation and navigation/communication electronics. These vessels are capable of a maximum speed of 14 knots with a cruising speed of 12 knots. The fully integrated bridge is arranged for increased visibility and features the latest technology in navigation, communication equipment.
Longtime employee of Hornbeck Offshore, Chief Engineer Dennis Martin, Senior Fleet Assessor, along with his wife Sherra had the honors of christening the vessel. Prior to the launch, Eastern’s President Brian D’Isernia, said a few words about the dedication, commitment and hard work of his Employees, the future the two companies share; the continued growth of Eastern Shipbuilding and the Offshore Marine Industry in the United States and abroad. Father Roy Marien of Saint John’s Catholic Church of Panama City, Florida, performed the blessing of the vessel. Have a watch:
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