The new shipyard facility of Honghua Offshore Oil & Gas Equipment Company in Jiangsu, China, has launched its first ship, an IMT982 Platform Supply Vessel. The vessel was launched in a unique way, using the yard’s new gantry crane. At 22, 000 tonnes SWL the Honghai crane is the largest moving gantry crane in the world. It was the first time the giant crane has been used.
The 83.2 m LOA PSV, designed by Offshore Ship Designers UK arm OSD-IMT, has a deck area of 900 m² and can carry 1, 360 m³ of fuel oil, 770 m³ of potable fresh water, 1, 010 m³ of liquid mud/brine, 1, 350 m³ of drill water/water ballast, 278 m³ of dry bulk and 170 m³ of base oil. It has a maximum deadweight of about 3, 900 tonnes at 5.95 m draught.
A diesel electric propulsion system provides fuel economy and efficiency. It comprises four main diesel generators, 2 x 1900 kW frequency controlled electric motor-driven azimuth thrusters for main propulsion and 2 x 800 kW frequency controlled, electric motor driven, tunnel thrusters fitted forward. The vessel is classed with Lloyds Register and is fitted with a DP2 system. It has accommodation for a crew of 27 persons and has a trial speed of 14.0 knots.
The vessel, named Nordic Trym, is expected to be delivered to its new owners, Nordic Offshore Supply Limited, in April 2015.
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