Lloyd Werft gets Schlumberger conversions

23 Oct 2012
'Island Centurion': reportedly one of two for conversion at LWB

'Island Centurion': reportedly one of two for conversion at LWB

Lloyd Werft in Bremerhaven has won a contract from oilfield service provider Schlumberger to convert two platform supply vessels into well-service ships for North Sea operation, reports Tom Todd.

Schlumberger’s Ariane Labadens told The Motorship Tuesday the operator “has selected Lloyd Werft to convert two newly-built and chartered platform supply vessels, owned by Island Offshore, into state of the art well-services vessels for operation in the North Sea”.

She provided no further details of the contract or name the ships. However, one of the company’s fleet of offshore vessels, Island Centurion, is currently in Bremerhaven and a German media report said she and sister ship Island Captain were the two ships earmarked for conversion.

It was not known how long the work would last, what it would entail or cost and when the second ship would arrive but further details were expected soon.

The ships are 93m long and 20m wide and of 4,600dwt. They were completed just last year at STX OSV Brevik Shipyard in Norway for Island Offshore, which is based in the Dutch Antilles.

They belong to a series of UT 776 CD supply vessels for general deck or liquid cargo transport and boast 1,000 m² of deck area. Driven by four RRM Bergen C25:33L 6ACD main engines, they each have two propellers Type AZP 120 CP/2500kW from RRM in Ulsteinvik as well as an azimuth swing-up thruster Type TCNS07 3CP/883kW and two tunnel thrusters of Type TT2200 DPN CP/883kW also from RRM Ulsteinvik.

Two of the ships in the series are gas fuelled. Island Contender and Island Crusader, completed this year, are of UT 776 CDG design, where G stands for LNG gas operation. They are described as the first offshore supply vessels in the world to operate in DP II without using diesel and with Rolls-Royce designed lean-burn, gas-powered engines.

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