New Damen PSV design for Atlantic Towing
Atlantic Towing (ATL) has chosen newly-designed, ice-strengthened PSV 5000 vessels from Damen Shipyards to meet a demanding 10-year offshore support contract.
ATL will take delivery of four PSV 5000 vessels, which it says will help with the contract with ExxonMobil Canada Properties and Hibernia Management and Development Company Ltd.
The vessels will operate in the challenging sub-arctic waters of the Hibernia and Hebron oil fields, off Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. One of the vessels will be equipped for inspection, repair and maintenance duties. The first is due in service in the second half of 2016.
“These will be safety critical vessels, working in sub-arctic conditions in one of the world’s foggiest places renowned for strong winds, high waves, snow and icebergs,” said Jan van Hogerwou, manager, North America, Damen.
All four vessels will share the same functional PSV design platform, featuring Damen’s bow design and will include a cost and emissions-efficient diesel-electric power plant. The new 90m PSV 5000 design features a 940m² deck area, two ROV hangers and two FRC’s.
“All four will benefit from ice management tools, while the IRM vessel will feature a 100 tonne subsea crane, equipped with an advanced heave compensation system for operation in the Grand Banks area,” Mr Hogerwou added.
Damen says the combination of the PSV 5000’s flare-less bows, slender hull lines and diesel-electric propulsion with azimuth stern drives will minimise fuel consumption and emissions, offering superior sea keeping and dynamic positioning and ensure crew comfort.
Under Damen’s Clean Design and Environmental Care Protocol, the vessels will also feature fuel efficient generators and a selective catalytic reduction system, in compliance with forthcoming environmental regulations.
ATL’s new vessels will join its current fleet of nine offshore support vessels.
As part of the contract, Damen will also open a certified service and maintenance centre in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
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