Bollinger delivers new PSV

16 Apr 2010
The newly delivered Bumble Bee platform supply vessel

The newly delivered Bumble Bee platform supply vessel

Bollinger Shipyard in the USA has delivered the first of their 71.32m class of Cummins-powered platform supply vessels (PSVs) to Bee Mar Inc.

The shipyard started building this series of vessels in 2008 and delivered the first in the series to the newly formed Bee Mar LLC in June 2009. The Bee Mar new-build fleet will consist of five 64.5m and three 71.32m ABS classed DP‐2 PSVs. Each vessel has high cargo carrying capacities and meets or exceeds the customer requirements and demands for offshore marine support applications.

The five smaller PSVs, including the Busy Bee and Worker Bee, have already been delivered and put to work in the Gulf of Mexico. The newly delivered 71.32m by 17m Bumble Bee will add significant cargo capabilities to the Bee Mar fleet. The new ‘Bee’ has capacities that include 598.1m3 for fuel, 1,430.9m3 of liquid mud, 169.9 for dry bulk and 98.4 for fresh water. Loaded to a draft of 4.53m, the vessel will have a dwt of 3,048. The 53.3m by 14.3m clear deck has a maximum cargo capacity of 2,032 tonnes.

Main propulsion power for the Bumble Bee is provided by a pair of Cummins QSK60-M engines each delivering 1,470kW at 1,800 rpm through Twin Disc MG5600 gears with 5.76:1 reduction to 81x68-inch propellers. Three Cummins QSM11 engines power the three 300kW main generators. The newbuilding’s 85 kW emergency generator is also Cummins powered. The two 560kW Schottel, controllable pitch bow thrusters each have their own Cummins KTA19 drive engines. A 260kW stern thruster is powered by a variable speed electric motor.

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