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The Netherlands-based Offshore Ship Designers, or OSD, said Tuesday it has sealed a deal with two offshore operators to provide the ship design for 10 large diesel-electric Platform Supply Vessels to be build at three shipyards in Brazil, Japan and Spain.
OSD said that the designs will be provided to Swire Pacific Offshore Operations (Pte) Limited, who has ordered four IMT-997 Platform Supply Vessels to be built by Universal Shipbuilding Corporation in Japan and four sister vessels to be built at the EISA shipyard in Brazil. The 97m LOA 5,000 dwt vessels will be classed with DP2 capability and have diesel-electric propulsion systems with azimuth propulsion units. The vessels will be delivered progressively from early 2014.
Meanwhile, Craig Group’s Northstar Shipping has ordered and additional two IMT-982 PSVs to be built at Balenciaga in Spain. The 83m LOA vessels have diesel-electric propulsion systems that offers greater fuel economy and efficiency. The vessels have an initial operating deadweight of 2,550 dwt, a useable deck area of 912 square meters and are powered by four MAK 9M20 1450 kW generator sets driving two Steerprop 1900 kWe Azimuths. The vessels are specially designed to operate at less than 5,000 tonnes displacement to work with older North Sea Structures where vessel size and weight restrictions apply and will be also classed with DP2 capability.
“The key elements of our IMT range of offshore support vessels are fuel efficiency and design for purpose,” said Neil Patterson, managing director of OSD-IMT, the UK arm of the OSD group. “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. 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. OSD can design exactly what is needed, through the IMT range of OSV’s and with our extensive experience of diesel-electric systems and regulations such SPS Code, IBC Code and Probabilistic Damage, our designs can built anywhere in the world at the most competitive price.”
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