STX Europe wins further PSV order

Offshore staff

OSLO -- Simon Møkster Rederi has contracted STX Europe (STX) for a new 09L CD-design platform supply vessel (PSV), due for delivery early in 2012. The hull will be built at STX Europe in Romania, and outfitted at the STX Europe yard at Søviknes in Norway.

The 93.5-m (307-ft) long, 4,900 dwt (5,401-ton) vessel will be configured for regular platform supply and rescue/oil recovery duties. It will also be suited to winterized operations, with a de-icing system and ice class notation.

STX says the design focus will be on environmental considerations, including low fuel consumption, with a catalytic reactor exhaust system to reduce emissions to air. The vessel’s optimized hull form, in combination with its propulsion configuration, should lead to good sea-keeping abilities, a fuel- efficient transit mode, and sound station-keeping performance, the company says.

So far this year, STX has delivered five new offshore vessels. These include theScandi Aker, a well intervention/subsea construction vessel for DOF Subsea to be operated by Aker Solutions; the PSVs Tidewater Enabler and North Purpose to Gulf Offshore; and the deepwater anchorhandler tug support vesselsFar Shogun and Far Saracen to Farstad. The latter provide a bollard pull capacity of 240 metric tons (264 tons) and a hybrid propulsion system.

To meet increased market demand in Brazil, STX plans to take a 51% controlling interest in a new Brazilian shipyard, to be located in Fortaleza. This follows a letter of intent entered into with PJMR. STX’s existing yard in Brazil has taken orders in recent months for three new advanced PSVs, and has a backlog of eight vessels for delivery through 2013.

05/12/2010

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