VESSEL REVIEW | Haiyang Shiyou 540 – Chinese-built, LNG-powered guard and standby support vessel


The Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group (WS), an affiliate of China Shipbuilding Industry Company (CSIC), has handed over a new offshore guard and standby/supply vessel to CNOOC subsidiary China Oilfield Services (COSL).

Built in compliance to China Classification Society (CCS) rules, Haiyang Shiyou 540 (“Offshore Oil 540”) is the first in a series of eight specialised vessels that are powered by LNG in line with COSL’s aim of reducing the carbon emissions of its fleet.

The vessel’s main duties will include guard support for offshore oil and gas survey and exploration activities and standby, rescue, and supply support for offshore platforms and other vessels.

Haiyang Shiyou 540 has an LOA of 65 metres, a beam of 15.2 metres, a moulded depth of 6.6 metres, a summer load line draught of 5.5 metres, and a deadweight of 1,500 tonnes. LNG will be used as the main fuel for the vessel’s dual-fuel engines to reduce NOx emissions by as much as 90 per cent and thus ensure compliance with IMO Tier III standards. Diesel will serve as the backup fuel in the event that LNG is unavailable.

The engines have a total rated output of 2,982 kW to deliver speeds of up to 14 knots.

The vessel’s LNG fuel system meanwhile consists of a type C fuel storage tank with capacity for 170,000 litres. This tank and the associated equipment was supplied by Glory Holder Liquefied Gas Machinery.

In the offshore supply role, Haiyang Shiyou 540 is capable of transporting a wide variety of cargo used in offshore operations. These include fresh water, drilling water, salt water, fuel oil, base oil, mud, glycol, and drilling equipment. Although designed to be operated by a limited crew complement, the vessel is nonetheless capable of accommodating 100 people at any given time. This attribute makes the vessel ideal for responding to incidents that require evacuation of large numbers of survivors, such as a fire on an offshore platform.

Haiyang Shiyou 540 will operate as part of a fleet of 12 COSL-owned LNG-fueled guard and supply vessels, a number that also includes four larger 3,728kW vessels.

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Haiyang Shiyou 540
Type of vessel:Offshore guard and supply vessel
Classification:China Classification Society
Owner:China Oilfield Services
Operator:China Oilfield Services
Builder:Wuchang Shipbuilding Industry Group, China
Length overall:65 metres
Beam:15.2 metres
Draught:5.5 metres
Depth:6.6 metres
Deadweight tonnage:1,500
Main engines:2 x 1,491 kW
Maximum speed:14 knots
Other equipment installed:Glory Holder Liquefied Gas Machinery fuel storage tank
Type of fuel:LNG; diesel
Fuel capacity:170,000 litres

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