Vroon Offshore Services orders two more platform support vessels
ULSTEINVIK, Norway -- Ulstein has entered into an agreement with COSCO (Guang Dong) Shipyard Co. Ltd, China, on deliveries of ship design, power & control equipment and on-site follow-up services for two platform supply vessels (PSVs) of the PX121 design. The vessels are ordered by Vroon Offshore Services of the Netherlands.
“These two vessels are part of the Vroon commitment to our business partners and will support us in meeting their service requirements in the best possible way. All at Vroon are excited to welcome these new vessels to our fleet in 2015,’’ comments Jan-Piet Baars, managing director of Vroon Offshore Services.
“The PX121 is becoming increasingly attractive to oil companies as it offers a competitive combination of fuel-efficiency and cargo capacities/deadweight,” explains Sigurd Viseth, managing director of Ulstein Design & Solutions.
Earlier in 2013, Vroon committed to two of the same PX121 design and equipment deals, with an option for a further two. Today’s agreement marks the declaration of that option.
Each of Vroon’s four PSVs is scheduled for delivery in 2015 and intended for operation in European waters. Measuring 83.4 m in length, with a beam of 18 m, they boast a rectangular cargo deck of 830 sq m and a load capacity of 4,200 tonnes (dwt).
The PX121 is set up to support drilling activities with longer and deeper boreholes and activities further from shore. In addition to tanks for oil, water and drilling fluids, the vessel also has two stainless steel tanks for flammable liquids or corrosive chemicals. Each ship will be equipped with a dynamic positioning system Class II and meet the requirements of ‘Clean Design’, according to ABS class.
The PX121, which has a maximum speed of approximately 15 knots and accommodation for 23 people, also comes with the ULSTEIN X-BOW. The X-BOW offers efficiency over a wide draught range, which is important for PSVs as they often operate with varying loads.