Newbuild deliveries of offshore vessels continue at a steady pace, particularly in the operations and maintenance segments supporting clients in Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia-Pacific. Meanwhile, a South Korean yard has won an order for a new floating production platform for a prominent oil and gas operator in the Americas.
Norwegian-built SOV handed over to Esvagt
Norway’s Havyard Leirvik has delivered the second in a series of three service operation vessels (SOV) ordered by Esvagt of Denmark.
Esvagt Alba, a sister of the recently delivered Esvagt Schelde, will be deployed at the MHI Vestas-operated Moray East wind farm currently under construction off Scotland.
Esvagt Alba boasts an LOA of 70.5 metres, a deadweight of 1,960 tonnes, and capacity for 60 personnel. The vessel has also been designed to function as a mothership for two high-speed tenders/crewboats.
As with Esvagt Schelde, crew welfare facilities include a game room, a theatre, a gymnasium, dayrooms, and a large mess area.
LDA’s newest windfarm maintenance vessel to support Ørsted’s Hornsea Two project
Louis Dreyfus Armateurs (LDA) has formally named the newest addition to its fleet of windfarm maintenance vessels.
Built in Turkey, the 83- by 18-metre Wind of Hope will operate under charter to Ørsted to support the latter’s activities at the Hornsea Two wind farm 89 kilometres off Yorkshire in the UK.
The vessel was designed by Salt Ship Design to BV class rules. It can accommodate a total of 90 personnel.
Netherlands’ Herman Senior christens newest windfarm support tug
Dutch marine contractor Herman Senior recently christened a new shallow-draught tug built by Damen Shipyards Hardinxveld.
The DP2-equipped, 35-metre Brutus will be deployed primarily for windfarm support and maintenance duties, though its 2.85-metre draught means it can also operate in near-shore environments.
The vessel is designed to also be capable of anchor handling, ROV support, UXO clearance, dredging support, ocean-gowing towage, and general supply duties. For these functions, it is equipped with a moonpool and an open deck with an area of over 150 square metres.
UAE builder completes crewboat deliveries to Saudi Arabia’s High Seas Marine
Grandweld Shipyards in the UAE has completed its deliveries of four crewboats in a series ordered by Saudi Arabia operator High Seas Marine and Industrial Services (HSM).
The crewboats each have four engines that deliver speeds of above 30 knots.
Grandweld said the newbuilds were constructed and delivered over a period of 14 months. They will be operated in support of HSM’s oil and gas clients.
Centus takes delivery of second of three 42m crewboats from Singapore yard
Malaysian operator Centus Marine has taken delivery of the second of three 42-metre fast crewboats ordered from Singapore’s Strategic Marine.
The vessel, named Centus Nine, boasts custom features such as dedicated bow loading, an enlarged wheelhouse, and 16 crew berths in addition to seating for 70 technicians. Three Caterpillar C32 engines enable the crewboat to reach speeds of up to 30 knots.
Design work on the vessel was provided by Southerly Designs of Australia. The yet unnamed third crewboat in the series is scheduled for delivery in the fourth quarter of 2021.
South Korean shipyard secures Petrobras FPSO newbuilding contract
South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) has been selected by Petrobras for the construction of a new floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.
The FPSO will be developed in cooperation with Italian engineering company Saipem under a contract valued at approximately ₩2.6 trillion (US$2.26 billion).
DSME said the vessel will be capable of processing 180,000 barrels of crude oil and 7.2 million cubic metres of gas in one day. Following completion in the second half of 2024, it will be deployed to Brazil’s Bujios deep-sea oil field.
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