Hornblower expands supply vessel fleet

Jan. 20, 2022
Hornblower Group has acquired two multi-purpose supply vessels.

Offshore staff

NEW YORK – Hornblower Group has acquired two multi-purpose supply vessels, the Seaward Explorer and Seaward Endeavor.

Seaward Services Inc., part of the Hornblower Group of maritime businesses, is offering the vessels for charter.

The Seaward Explorer (ex-California Responder) and Seaward Endeavor (ex-Pacific Responder) were commissioned by Marine Spill Response Co. in response to the Exxon Valdez oil spill. They were built at VT Halter Marine in Mississippi.

Since their construction, both vessels have operated as oil spill response assets.

At 208 ft (63 m) in length, the ABS-classed – Subchapter D and Subchapter I former spill response vessels will integrate into Hornblower Group and Seaward Services’ global maritime operations. They will be used for offshore wind construction/berthing and operational support, emergency response, global expeditionary support, cargo and freight operations, and government and private maritime training activities.

The Seaward Explorer and Seaward Endeavor are each equipped with:

• Command and control room workspaces and offices with enhanced berthing for up to 38 persons. Expanded personnel capabilities upwards of 50 individuals for short-duration operations.

• Launch and recovery equipment for small craft, ROV, and towed-array operations, including two 20-ton cranes and three hydraulic deck winches rated to 5, 10, and 20 tons, respectively.

• Two 21-ft (6.5-m) Brunswick Impact 650 Rigid Hull Inflatable Boats powered by 170-hp Volvo Penta outdrives included for charterer’s use.

• A helicopter deck rated for Bell L206 and suitable for aerial drone support.

• Deadweight capacity of 1,235 tons, with approximately 3,800 sq ft (353 sq m) of open deck space and an additional 900 sq ft (84 sq m) of covered deck space, equipped with Peck & Hale securing systems throughout.

• 4,000 barrels of oil storage capacity across four tanks with each equipped with in-tank thermal oil heaters, Framo deepwell centrifugal pumps, and International Intershield 300V epoxy coatings.

• Port and starboard oil transfer manifolds suitable for ship-to-ship and ship-to-shore operations.

• Towing bitt with hydraulic McElroy MC-21 Capstan.

• A range of 7,200 nautical miles, allowing for diverse global operations.