Hong Kong-based Kuma Shipping announced today the order two new platform supply vessels from Ulstein. The vessels will be built at an undisclosed shipyard in China and will be of the P128 design, which was developed by Ulstein to serve the general PSV market related to work-over barges and jack-up rigs.
“This is a design that combines low fuel oil consumption with high carrying capacity at an attractive price,” says Ove Dimmen, area sales manager in Ulstein Design & Solutions.
“We wanted to come up with a design for a smaller PSV that could support barges and rigs in a more economical way than the traditional offshore support vessel, both in terms of building cost and operational costs,” says Dimmen.
The vessels are planned for delivery in 2014.
The vessels measure 71.5 metres by 15 metres, and have a deadweight of approximately 3,000 tonnes. The 610 m2 work deck can accommodate four lengths of 12 metre-long casing pipes and is enclosed by plate covered crash barriers providing increased safety for crew and cargo. The discharge systems have been designed for safe and efficient loading and discharging of several dry and wet bulk cargoes simultaneously. DP2 and automation system for machinery and cargo handling will contribute to safe and efficient vessel’s operation.
The vessels will be arranged and equipped for 24 persons.