COVINGTON, Louisiana – Hornbeck Offshore Services Inc. has signed contracts for construction of 16 high-specification offshore supply vessels following the recent announcement of its $720-million newbuild program.
VT Halter Marine Inc. of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and with Eastern Shipbuilding Group Inc. of Panama City, Florida, each have separate contracts to construct eight 300 class vessels with options to build additional such vessels.
VT Halter will construct eight vessels based on the Super 320 design it developed for Hornbeck Offshore. These DP-2 OSVs are designed to have 6,200 long tons of deadweight capacity, approximately 20,900 bbls of liquid mud carrying capability, 11,863 sq ft (1,102 sq m) of deck area and a fire-fighting class notation. The Super 320 design has a double-hull that eliminates any fuel storage adjacent to the sideshell, and propulsion machinery that meets the requirements of EPA Tier 3 for stack emissions.
The eight OSVs to be constructed by Eastern Shipbuilding will be DP-2 classed and consist of four vessels based on the STX Marine SV 300 design and four vessels based on the STX Marine SV 310 design. Features include more than 20,000 bbls of liquid mud carrying capacity and a fire-fighting class notation. The SV 300 design calls for 5,500 long tons of deadweight capacity and 10,976 sq ft (1,020 sq m) of deck space, while the SV 310 design calls for 6,144 long tons of deadweight capacity and 11,536 sq ft of deck space. The STX designs meet the same environmental standards as the Super 320 design and will also carry the ENVIRO class notation by the American Bureau of Shipping.