BAE Systems delivered its fourth and final of series platform support vessel (PSV) to Jackson Offshore Operators, LLC, completing a four-ship program that began in 2012. Motor Vessel Squall joins three other vessels built by BAE Systems’ Jacksonville, Florida, shipyard to support U.S. offshore oil exploration.
Squall is the fourth vessel of the GPA 675J class, designed by Guido Perla and Associates of Seattle. Construction of the 252-ft. vessel began in December 2014 and it was delivered on January 31, 2016. The other ships of the class are the M/V Breeze, Thunder and Lightning, which were delivered in 2014 and 2015. All four vessels are qualified to operate under the Jones Act.
As a PSV, Squall is designed to support close-in oil exploration platforms by shuttling supplies, equipment, limited amounts of product, and crewmembers to and from shore.