GORINCHEM, the Netherlands–Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore, a joint venture between Wilson Sons and the Chilean maritime services provider Ultramar, has taken delivery of a Damen PSV 5000, which will be known as Larus.
The vessel was built at the Wilson Sons shipyard in Guaruja, Brazil. The delivery is the first of a two-vessel contract, with the second vessel due for completion later in 2016.
TheLarusis 85.25 m (280 ft) long, with a 19-m (62-ft) beam and 920-sq m (9,903-sq ft) deck area. It is equipped with a travelling gantry crane along the work deck.
Damen Sales Manager Americas Rutger Dolk said: “For this vessel, and the one still under construction, we provided the full engineering package in addition to certain key materials. A key point is that the engineering package takes into account the yard using local equipment and materials. We will also play a supporting role during the commissioning of both vessels.”
Regarding Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore’s contract with Petrobras, the vessel acquisition is part of the sixth round of the Program for the Renovation of the Offshore Support Fleet (Prorefam). The initial requirement for vessels equivalent to thePSV 4500 was upgraded after Wilson Sons Ultratug Offshore decided to invest in the PSV 5000.
“These vessels have expressly been made larger. The design will make them as versatile as possible – ready to serve the oil and gas industry for the next 25 years,” Dolk said.
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